Jonathan J. Halperin
Jonathan J. Halperin
Designing Our Future
Strategy. Partnership. Communication.

Farm Bill and Foreign Aid

Discussions of US foreign aid are often divorced from discussions of the US Farm Bill. At the Aspen Ideas Festival today I asked Tom Daschle, Dan Glickman, Lauren Bush and Beth Sauerhaft to connect the two.

US foreign economic assistance totals roughly $40 billion annually (less than 1% of the federal budget), while the US Farm Bill currently under debate on Capitol Hill amounts to over $300 billion (of which about two-thirds goes toward nutrition assistance). How we price farm products domestically, the scale of crop subsidies, export supports and a host of other domestic policies embedded in the Farm Bill have an enormous impact of global prices, farming, and global nutrition.

With a stunningly complex web of domestic and global stakeholders, the Farm Bill is an essential component of US international aid policy -- although it often undermines market principles that we cite as essential in supporting agricultural market development elsewhere. As often happens for a host of reasons, we have traditionally divorced domestic farm policy from international agricultural policy. The time has come to fix that mistake.

 



Discussing the domestic and international implications of the US Farm Bill with Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and nine-term member of the US House of Representatives

 

Jonathan J. Halperin and Dan Glickman

 

Jonathan makes connections that other people miss. Beyond an understanding of any single environmental issue or energy challenge, he knows how to use knowledge to drive change, how to bring the right players to the table, and how to reframe seemingly intractable problems to create space for new approaches. He’s a strategic thinker with a very clear sense of how things work.

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