Donors weigh cash, food in aid for Haiti

Is it better to provide food directly to the hungriest, cash to groups that best know the local needs or cash to governments for subsidized food staples?

It's a policy debate that swirls around efforts by Haiti and other countries battling skyrocketing food prices -- and the hunger pangs that Haitians compare to ``acide batterie.''

The differing views on how best to address Haiti's food crisis is reflective of a wider debate among the world's donors and aid specialists over how to respond to growing global food shortages. The topic likely will come up beginning Tuesday at a three-day world food summit in Rome, where donors and agriculture experts will gather to deal with world food security.

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