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status of its recipients? If it does not, then, it cannot be justi-
fied in terms of its primary objective.
Many developmentalists contend that the solution to hunger and
malnutrition is the development of agriculture. Yet, food aid, despite
all of its negative consequences, is considered to be necessary by
many (Christenson 1978; Hopkins and Puchala 1980) to meet the immediate
nutritional needs of the malnourished. Maletnlema (1978: 316) states
an interesting Third World view as follows:
Donated foods are unacceptable, in principle, as a means
of solving the malnutrition problem. We believe in the
Chinese saying: 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for
a day, but teach a man how to fish and you feed him for
life.' There are, however, times when donated foods are
essential: while one is learning the art of fishing one
The point made here is that without successful short-term food aid
programs, the long-term solutions to malnutrition are not viable.
In conclusion, the justification for food aid is ultimately based
on the general assumption that adequate nutrition is a human right,
as noted by Hopkins and Puchala (1978). Food aid should serve as a
guarantee to that "human right". Famine is a global problem and,
as such, it should be responded to multinationally. Being a multi-
national effort and by providing food aid multilaterally, its poli-
tical nature is removed. Political ideology is less likely to be
the determinant of who is eligible and who receives assistance if
food aid is managed at the international level. Furthermore, the
recipient country is more likely to maintain its independence econo-
mically under such conditions. Food aid should be so organized that
only the social and nutritional aspects are left as main considerations
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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/m1/78/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.