Even though laws like this have a huge impact abroad, people in the Global South, for the most part, are shut out of the venues where these decisions get made. U.S. policies are enacted in our names and, when we are silent, with our complicity. That’s why we have a responsibility to hold our representatives accountable and advocate for changes that will impact so many people globally.
We saw the detriment of this approach after the earthquake, when a shipment of American rice was sent to Haiti just as the Haitian rice harvest came in—undercutting Haitian rice farmers. Since then, the Obama administration has demonstrated willingness to support local food procurement, but it can only do so much until the laws are changed by Congress.
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Join the chorus on Global Voices, AJWS’s new blog about grassroots development and global justice.
Watch recent Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee speak about her work as a peace activist, her relationship with AJWS, and her vision for the future.
You’ve heard about AJWS’s campaign, Reverse Hunger. Listen to what Ruth Messinger has to say about food justice.
Coming this fall! “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” an exhibit presented by AJWS and the L.A. Skirball Cultural Center.