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The UN World Food Programme and the Development of Food Aid

By: DJ Shaw

302 pages, Tabs


Paperback | May 2001 | #110968 | ISBN: 0333676696
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Hardback | May 2001 | #110967 | ISBN: 0333676688
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Tells the story of the antecedents and origins of the World Food Programme, the food aid organization of the United Nations System, and its growth from modest beginnings as a three-year experiment in 1963 to become the main source of international food aid for both disaster relief and development.

The world food programme has long been one of the unsung success stories of the international system. Now John Shaw has produced a masterly history analysing its origins, growth and controversies - and telling this practical but visionary story with insight and fascinating detail. Food security on a global scale is an essential challenge to international governance in the world today. John Shaw provides a masterly account of how the World Food Programme has grappled with the issues of food shortages and famine - the successes, the failures and what still remains to be done. Filled with lessons and important reading for anyone concerned with global governance in the 21st century.' - Professor Richard Jolly, Institute of Development Studies, UK 'John Shaw's history of the World Food Programme is based on deep practical experience and much careful research. It is a major contribution to understanding one of the foremost achievements of the United Nations.' - John Toye 'As a comprehensive history of WFP, the book contains material that appears in the public domain for the first time. It also represents a major contribution to the history of food aid generally since the Second World War. It should be read not only by those concerned with that history, but also with the future of food aid as an essential part of the goal of achieving world food security.' - Sir Hans Singer


List of Tables - List of Figures - Foreword; Sir Hans Singer - Preface - Acknowledgements - Notes on the Text - List of Abbreviations - Key Events - Introduction - The Birth of WFP: One Man's Inspiration - Antecedents: A Tale of Three Cities - The Experimental Years: 1963-65 - Food for Development - Emergency and Relief Operations - Managing Food Aid Resources - Constitutional Change: The Byzantine Vortex - Reform and Renewal: Future Directions - Endnotes - Bibliography - Dramatis Personae - Index

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JOHN SHAW was associated with the World Food Programme (WFP) for over thirty years. He served successively as Consultant, Senior Evaluation Officer, Senior Economist and Head of the Policy Unit, Economics Advisor and, finally, Chief of the Policy Affairs Service. He is currently on the International Editorial Board of the journal Food Policy. He has written extensively on development and food aid issues. AE(00): Foreword by Sir Hans Singer

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