Exploitation of dependence on food aid


For donor countries, maintaining stability in their agricultural markets and the pursuit of trade objectives accentuates the bilateralization of aid, with the targeting of food aid increasing responding to export policy. Humanitarian considerations -- exporting to the poorest -- are of less importance than commercial considerations.


Superpower nations may initially sell underpriced food to developing countries for a definite length of time, and when the countries are dependent on that food, when the demand is high, the food may then be sold at regular market prices. Other hidden subtleties in food shipments usually centre around the largest amount of food aid going to political allies rather than to the neediest nations. Therefore, if a country wants to feed its people, it may be coerced into accepting some other country's political philosophy along with their economic aid.

Narrower Problems:
Dumping of food
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Date of last update
18.06.2019 – 18:47 CEST