The UN World Food Programme and the Development of Food Aid by D. John Shaw

By D. John Shaw

This booklet is the 1st background of the area foodstuff Programme, the nutrition reduction arm of the United countries. It tells the tale of the expansion of WFP from modest beginings as a three-year test in 1963-65 to its present function because the major resource of foreign nutrition reduction for either catastrophe aid and improvement opposed to the heritage of the evolution and improvement of nutrients reduction.

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McGovern wrote to President Kennedy, ‘I think it is very important that assurances be given to Dr. 3 For his part, Sen recognized the strategic role that McGovern played in advancing progress on his study concerning a multilateral food aid facility. In his autobiography, he wrote: This bold initiative by Senator McGovern, who was then Director of the Food for Peace programme in the White House, finally got my proposal off the ground. … Senator McGovern is one of the finest, most liberal political leaders I have come across … I cherish him as a very close friend.

As a transitional measure against hunger’ (UN, 1960c). During the presidential election campaign, in October 1960, Kennedy announced the appointment of a ‘committee of distinguished citizens’ to make recommendations for his new administration, should he win the election, ‘to transfer the “food for peace” slogan into a truly effective long-range use of our food abundance’. Subsequently, after Kennedy won the election, the committee was transformed into the American Food for Peace Council as a non-partisan advisory group to advise the president and the new director of the Food for Peace programme on the most effective uses of the US food surpluses.

For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life … To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves … If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. (US, 1961, pp. 13 The first executive order, issued on the day after his inauguration, provided for an expanded programme of food distribution to needy families in the United States.

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