The Road to Rome: The Production and Distribution of Food

  • Donald J. Puchala


Ideally, the goal of this chapter should be to evaluate the policies and programmes of the United Nations with respect to the global production and distribution of food. Accomplishing such an evaluation under any circumstances would be a monumental task because of the extensiveness of the United Nations’ involvements in food and agriculture. Altogether some 40 UN bodies are involved in international food affairs, and at least five UN specialised agencies in addition to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) have substantial missions in the areas of food, feeding, famine relief, nutrition, rural development and agricultural trade. The General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, subsidiary organs such as UNCTAD and UNDP, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and countless permanent and ad hoc intra- and inter-agency councils and committees all operate on world food problems. Assumedly, all are having an impact upon the global production and distribution of food. Even to take inventory of these would be a hefty chore.1


Rural Development World Food Food Policy Agricultural Trade World Food Programme 
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