Exploitation of dependence on food aid
Nature: For donor countries, maintaining stability in their agricultural markets and the pusuit of trade objectives accentuates the bilaterization of aid, with the targeting of food aid increasing responding to export policy. Humanitarian considerations -- exporting to the poorest -- are of less improtance than commercial considerations.
Claim: 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.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
Date of last update 07.02.1999 – 00:00 CET