Sandra F. Joireman
Sandra Joireman is professor of political science at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, and chair of the board of directors for Bread for the World.
When I was in southern Ethiopia in 1994, I watched truck after truck roll into a community with food aid. I asked a farmer if the harvest had been bad. He told me he had an abundant harvest of tomatoes and onions—cash crops. Because of all the food aid they were receiving, he could use his land to make some extra cash—and his family would eat wheat from America. That same year I could purchase corn oil at the local grocery store—in big metal containers labeled "A gift from the people of America." I resented having to pay for what was clearly intended to be food aid.
By Sandra F. Joireman December 28, 2009