Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala Page: 1
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Hunger and malnutrition present serious global problems that
significantly affect at least two-thirds, or approximately 1.3 billion,
of the total world population (Christenson 1978). The traditional
response to hunger problems by the international community, particu-
larly by the more affluent and resource-rich nations, has been either
in the form of food aid programs or more recently, agricultural
development. The primary instrument of the United States for the
allocation of food aid to the rest of the world has been Public Law
480 (Food For Peace).
The primary justification for the implementation of food aid
programs is that they are intended to help alleviate hunger and mal-
nutrition. However, as best can be ascertained, there has been no
systematic scientific treatment of the impact of food aid on the
nutritional status of its recipients. The majority of the literature
which deals with food aid in general, and with PL-480 food aid in
particular, focuses on its social, political and/or economic impact
or on such topics as dependency, disincentives to agricultural pro-
duction and agricultural price supports.
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Rodeheaver, Daniel Gilbert, 1954-; Bates, Frederick L. & Murphy, Arthur D. Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala, report, May 1982; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84342/m1/14/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.