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Why Give Food

"There are more buyers of wheat in Ethiopia than sellers of wheat at all levels of income -- an important result because it means that at all levels of living standards, more households benefit from food aid (and a subsequent reduction in wheat prices) than are hurt by it.

Levinsohn and McMillan* estimate that, in the absence of food aid, the price of wheat in Ethiopia would be $295 per metric ton, compared to an actual price of $193 per metric ton in 1999.
On average, the authors conclude, "the loss in consumer surplus works out to roughly 37 US dollars per household per year for households that consume wheat and the gain in producer surplus works out to roughly 157 US dollars per household per year for households that sell wheat." In a nation such as Ethiopia, where the poverty line is about $132 per year, the impact is therefore substantial.

(NBER Working Paper 11048) People often wonder how food aid can result into long term social impact. It’s simple. The surest way to break out of the cycle of poverty is through education. Education can significantly improve the quality of life of a family for generations to come. When the basic needs of a child, such as food are not met, education often becomes the last priority. So food serves as a catalyst to break the poverty circle.

Tayyib meals not only provide food but provide the essential nutrients to the masses so that the child can focus on his wellbeing and education and the adult can focus on being productive for his/her family. Disease is a poor person’s biggest enemy and through our breakthrough nutritional program, you can empower the poor for the long term.