In light of the recent natural disaster in the Indian Ocean, the USA Rice Federation continues to consult with government, private volunteer organizations (PVOs) and congressional contacts to understand food aid requirements for the victims.

Disaster response teams are working under the guidance of the affected countries' national governments, and coordination between various groups will be difficult. There is disagreement even among the U.S. humanitarian community on what is the best intervention method and whom should perform what role.

As soon as distribution systems are in place, and as soon as the U.S. government knows which food items are locally available and which are critically needed, it will respond with food aid tenders.

The USA Rice Federation is in close contact with the U.S. Agency for International Development's Food for Peace Emergency Response Division.