WATCH: The Daily Show Tackles U.S. Food Aid Reform and “International Shipping Conglomerates”

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.