Food aid has become a contentious issue in recent decades, with
sharp disagreements over genetically modified crops, agricultural
subsidies, and ways of guaranteeing food security in the face of
successive global food crises. In Hunger in the Balance,
Jennifer Clapp provides a timely and comprehensive account of the
contemporary politics of food aid, explaining the origins and
outcomes of recent clashes between donor nations-and between donors
She identifies fundamental disputes between donors over "tied"
food aid, which requires that food be sourced in the donor country,
versus "untied" aid, which provides cash to purchase food closer to
the source of hunger. These debates have been especially intense
between the major food aid donors, particularly the European Union
and the United States. Similarly, the EU's rejection of GMO
agricultural imports has raised concerns among recipients about
accepting GMO foodstuffs from the United States. For the several
hundred million people who at present have little choice but to
rely on food aid for their daily survival, Clapp concludes, the
consequences of these political differences are profound.
Subjects: Political Science
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