The Des Moines Register posted an article and interview today with World Food Prize laureates David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, and Jo Luck, Heifer Internationals president. The World Food Prize Symposium is being held this week in Des Moines, Iowa, with the official presentation coming tonight.
From Philip Brashers interview in the Register:
Q: But doesnt humanitarian aid often foster dependency?Luck: It does, if they dont help people become self-reliant. Dont just hand it out and deliver it and leave. That is not sustainable. Thats why I believe so much in the work we do and others with this kind of approach working beyond the disaster assistance or emergency assistance. Give them a few resources, give them a few animals and some training and you cant hold them back. They may not all be a millionaire, but theyre going to be successful. Theyre going to be proud and making decisions and theyre going to be influencing the government.Beckmann: The U.S. governments world hunger initiative is focused on countries that have good policies in place and are investing their own money in agriculture.Luck: So its more sustainable.Beckmann: Where you have dubious results is where local people arent doing what they should be doing. In poor countries that have their act together and are using their own money, well, there are lots of opportunities.