Let them eat cash

Instead of providing food, more and more aid agencies give people money.

Mastercard Photo: Dalia Khamissy
Syrian refugee Ali Ahmad Farhat chooses what he wants to buy with a World Food Programme e-card at a supermarket in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon.
Mark Fried
Published: Wednesday, 03/30/2016 12:00 am EDT

A radical change in disaster response is underway. Long gone are the days when hunger relief meant shipping Canadian grain overseas. For 10 years, charities have been sourcing food locally. Now, instead of providing food, more and more agencies give people money.

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