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The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization: Becoming Part of the Problem

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Publication Date: January 1988

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Juliana Geran Pilon

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: International relations (International relief and humanitarian assistance)

Keywords: International organizations

Type: Report


The interests of the developing world are not well served by an agency whose principal solution to agricultural problems is foreign handouts that discourage the development of poor nations' agricultural resources. At a time of fiscal reorganization throughout the U.N. system, FA0 is resisting reform. The U.S. and other Western nations should strengthen their help to the world's poor through bilateral programs or alternative means of development assistance, and allow FA0 to die a well-deserved death.