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MFAN calls on Senate to oppose House’s earmark and mandate of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs)

June 21, 2024

At a time of acute levels of global hunger, ensuring USAID’s international food assistance programs operate nimbly and effectively to help more people in need is paramount. 

MFAN, which focuses on strengthening the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance to maximize the impact of U.S. taxpayer dollars, cautions against undermining this progress with new restrictions that mandate ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs). Our particular concern is with the measure in the House’s FY25 State and Foreign Operations report that would mandate specific spending for RUTF instead of allowing implementing partners to choose what is the best response for the communities where they work and - as a result – put children’s lives at risk.

Read the full letter to Senate appropriators here.

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