Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala Page: 59
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considered an inappropriate use of donated food, the recipients still
derive some benefit via animal protein.
Insufficient Food Aid
Although contradictory to some of the previously discussed criti-
cisms, it is argued that usually there is not enough food provided by
conventional food aid programs, particularly in disaster situations
(Wiseberg 1976), to combat hunger or provide minimal relief. Though,
on a global and national level food aid supplies appear in impressive
quantities, rarely does a given recipient nation receive enough food
to feed all of its needy people. (Per individual, the amount of aid
is often insignificant.) A recent example of this would be the case
of the refugees from Ethiopia.
In the case of PL-480 food, as administered by CARE and others,
the individual, too, rarely receives enough food to successfully
deal with the problem of hunger. In these programs, the recipient is
allotted a maximum of eight pounds monthly (for a list of the foods
provided, see the following section which describes a food program).
Furthermore, this issue at the level of the individual is even more
complicated by other problems relating to and resulting from poor
local planning and administration. For example, Jelliffe (1968)
notes that many times the individual recipient (parents) will take
their children off their normal diets and place them solely on foods
provided by food aid programs, which can be and usually are inadequate
in amount and insufficient nutritionally as the mainstay of their
diet. This is generally the result of improper, or the complete lack
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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/m1/72/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.