February 6, 2006

US food aid set at $1.3 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush proposed
$1.3 billion be spent on U.S. food aid in 2007, of which up to
25 percent would be allowed for overseas purchases of food for
emergencies instead of sending U.S. commodities.

According to White House budget documents, Bush proposed
putting all the food aid money into the so-called "Title 2"
program for humanitarian aid and no longer funding the "Title
1" market development program.

Around $1.2 billion was allocated to U.S. food aid programs
in 2006.