Food Aid or Hidden Dumping?

Separating Wheat from Chaff

Published: 11 April 2005

In a world prone to natural and human disasters, where 850 million people still suffer from hunger, food aid can sometimes be a crucial lifeline.

However, food aid has also been used for less noble aims, including to dump surplus production and promote donor country exports. This type of food aid hurts poor farmers and distorts international trade. Strong disciplines against abuse of food aid must be agreed as part of the Doha Round negotiations at the World Trade Organisation.