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U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says changes to the way Washington distributes food aid could help feed 800,000 more people abroad, many of them Syrian refugees.The new farm law would allow the U.S. to make a small increase in the amount of food aid that is given out as cash or vouchers. Currently, most food aid is grown in the United States and shipped to developing countries, an approach the Obama administration says is inefficient.One way that works is to give recipients cash vouchers for food.Shah says this gets food to people much quicker than shipping raw commodities, which has been the traditional model for food aid. Many food aid groups have long argued that buying food abroad would be quicker, less expensive and more beneficial to local farmers than the current method that benefits U.S. farmers and shippers.
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