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The Political History of American Food AidAn Uneasy Benevolence$
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Barry Riley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190228873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190228873.001.0001

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Food Aid and Economic Development

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The Political History of American Food Aid

Barry Riley

Oxford University Press

From his very first day in office, John F. Kennedy was intent on using America’s food abundance to help reduce hunger in the world. Among his first appointments were George McGovern as his White House director of Food for Peace and Orville Freeman, also a proponent of food aid used for economic development, as his secretary of agriculture. This chapter relates how Kennedy, in his short three years in office, sought to reorient American food aid from surplus disposal to economic development in the world’s poorer countries, and it recounts the failure of his administration to deal successfully with the continuing farm problems in the United States.

Keywords:   John F. Kennedy, George McGovern, Food for Peace, Food for Development, food aid, Orville Freeman, Agricultural Act of 1961

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