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The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence

Barry Riley


This book discusses the 220-year history of the political and humanitarian uses of American food as a tool of both foreign and domestic policy. During these years, food aid has been used as a weapon against the expansion of bolshevism after World War I and communism after World War II, a cudgel to force policy changes by recalcitrant recipient governments, a method for balancing disputes between Israel and Egypt, a backdoor means of increasing military aid to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, a signal of support to friendly governments, and a resource to help achieve economic development ... More

Keywords: food aid, Hoover, food security, UNRRA, CRB, food relief, Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy, famine, Ethiopia, Bangladesh

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190228873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190228873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry Riley, author
Visiting Scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University