Hunger in the Balance

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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 and recipients.

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Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid

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Overview

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 and recipients.

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.

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"Hunger in the Balance provides an insightful account of international food aid and the uncertainty surrounding its future in an era of food scarcity, global trade conflicts, and controversies over biotechnology. Jennifer Clapp's analysis of the food aid issue illuminates key features of the global food system, international institutions, and the politics of development."—Adam Sheingate, The Johns Hopkins University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801450396
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,027,427
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Clapp is Professor and CIGI Chair of Global Environmental Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo. She is the author of Toxic Exports: The Transfer of Hazardous Wastes from Rich to Poor Countries and Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid, coauthor of Paths to a Green World, and coeditor of several books.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations IX

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

1 Food Aid Politics: The Old and the New 1

2 Past and Present Food Assistance Trends 15

3 Donor Policies on the Question of Tying 46

4 U.S. Debates on Tied Food Aid 69

5 The GMO Controversy 94

6 Food Aid at the WTO 118

7 The 2007-2008 Food Crisis and the Global Governance of Food Aid 139

8 Conclusion: Prospects for the Future of Food Aid Politics 161

References 173

Index 195

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