Famished

‘Very few policy makers understand what famine is. They think it means there’s no food. Famine is a failure of the market. And you can’t fight an economic problem by giving away food.’

Fred Cony Famine – Conflict and Response: A Basic Guide

The World Food Program school feeding program gives food to the school I work at termly. We are not suffering from famine. It serves as an unintentional subsidy of teachers’ salaries. Its main purpose is a bribe to parents so they send their children to school. I can’t help but think it is the wrong way to motivate parents, but I am not naïve enough to think that only those children whose parent’s value education should get an education. Incentives do work and are a valuable tool in boosting attendance, we use them in England with income related free school meals and no one is suffering nearly as much materially as anybody in the communities here.

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