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Case Summary

U.S. Food Aid: Cash or Commodities?

Case Number: 5-307-510, Year Published: 2007

HBS Number: KEL342

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Authors: Timothy Feddersen; Senoe Torgerson

Key Concepts

Stakeholder Management, Values-Based Leadership, Nonprofit Management


In October 2005 the Bush administration was considering a dramatic change to the U.S. Food Aid program that would take 25 percent of the budget that would otherwise be used to buy food domestically and instead send direct cash transfers that could be used to buy food in or close to the countries in desperate need. The U.S. Food Aid program traditionally enjoyed support in Congress because it provided support to American farmers, agribusiness, and U.S. shipping interests in addition to nongovernmental organizations like Catholic Relief Services and CARE. The case considers the proposal from the perspective of four different stakeholders: Cargill, USAid, Catholic Relief Services, and Oxfam. Each must come up with a response to the proposal.

Number of Pages: 18

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Economics, Non Profit

Geographic: United States, Global

Industry: Government Aid

Organization Size: Large

Year of Case: 2006