Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala Page: 2
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The Statement of the Problem and Objectives
The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of food aid
and/or focd aid programs on the nutritional status of its recipients
in two regions of Guatemala. From this investigation, empirically-
based programmatic statements as to the role of food aid and its im-
pact on human society will be presented. In order to deal with these
objectives, there are two basic questions arising from the controversy
over food aid which are of primary concern here:
1. Does food aid reach its target population and what factors
determine who will receive it?
2. What effect and/or impact do food aid and food aid programs
have on the nutritional status of their recipients?
One argument against food aid has been that all too often the
foodstuffs provided as part of the food aid package end up in the
wrong hands and then are sold on the black market by profiteers. It
is also argued that, generally, food aid is benefiting most those
people who already have more than adequate economic resources. This
criticism has been made particularly with respect to emergency relief,
as demonstrated by the case of Nicaragua after the 1972 earthquake.
There is an even more basic and important issue at stake with respect
to the first question presented above, than whether profiteering
exists, however. That question is: Does food reach its target popu-
lation? In terms of this study this question may be expanded as
follows: Given the social, political and economic context of Guatemala,
are the food supplements getting to those groups ou strata which need
it most? What are the factors which determine who receives assistance?
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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/m1/15/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.