Offloading USAID wheat at Port Sudan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Offloading USAID wheat at Port Sudan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Maritime Executive’s Editor In Chief, Tony Munoz, was featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night to discuss the Food for Peace Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proposal to “ship less food and more cash.”

Specifically, the segment focused on a proposed plan that would change the current Food for Peace Program by scaling back on U.S. produced commodities and replacing with a cash voucher, and local and regional procurement (LRP) program. USAID has argued that that sort of change to the long-standing program would feed more starving people internationally, but of course the proposal has been met with harsh criticism from, among others, U.S.-flagged shippers, or so-called “international shipping conglomerates”, who are required to ship a portion these goods.

Using the Maritime Executive platform, Tony Munoz has been one of the more vocal opponents of the proposed changes and all-around defunding of the Food for Peace Program (See his “The Politics of Hunger” editorial HERE), hence his Daily Show debut.

Here’s the clip below and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the segment in the comments section:

Additional discussion on the Daily Show segment can be found on the gCaptain forum HERE.
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  • davit_launched

    Well that didn’t look very good…

  • 13times

    Smarmy hipsters, that’s Jon Stewart and Manhattan for ya! The cash will never make it to the people it’s intended for – same as the food – apparently USAID and American shippers are yuck-yuck fodder for the rich New York man wearing an Armani suit and clown nose.

    Food aid is hijacked the moment it arrives in port of the host country. The tyrants and bullies with the guns and power seize the food/medical aid and distribute it to allies.

    Remember this?

    Sri Lanka said Friday it would destroy a consignment of more than five tonnes of rotting rice and lentils meant for victims of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

    District officials in the southern city of Galle said the food aid had not been distributed among the needy in the coastal town of Habaraduwa due to bureaucratic bungling.

  • 13times


    “He said the food had originally come from the World Food Program.

    There was no immediate comment from the World Food Program which took a lead role in distributing food to one million people in Sri Lanka, one of the worst affected by the tsunami that killed an estimated 31,000 people.

    The state auditor general in September 2005 noted out of 1.16 billion dollars committed to assist Sri Lankan victims, only 13.5 percent had actually been spent.

    Since then, there have been no audit reports published on tsunami aid.”


    Over 90% will be diverted to feed the livestock of the rich..

  • Capncraigagain

    What they are really doing is swapping food for bullets, guns and gold for those they want to retain or gain power, like the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • NeitherrichnorfromNYC

    13Times – you are., perhaps willfully, missing the point. The piece doesn’t pretend that Food for Peace or US AID is perfect by any means. That’s why she shoves burgers and a shake into a fedex box – it’s absurd to think that shipping food is a real solution to global poverty.

    The point of the piece is that this program is a giant subsidy for the shipping industry that carries these goods. Never mind the food producers who have a guaranteed client in the US govt (another subsidy). Clearly, the shippers don’t care what happens when it gets to the destination – they just care about being able to take it there.

    This piece is highlighting through satire the irony of food aid benefiting global industries more than the actual intended recipients.

    But maybe those smarmy, NYC hipsters you are so quick to disparage are actually small government conservatives who want to see the government spend taxpayers money wisely and actually help people less fortunate than themselves(good, honest charity) rather than putting more money in the hands of those at the top of corporations.

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