Politics and Poverty: A Critique of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Politics and Poverty

A Critique of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1st Edition

By John Abbott


218 pages

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Hardback: 9780367275693
pub: 2019-08-15
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Originally published in 1992. At its foundation FAO was conceived as an organization that would bring together health and agriculture. It would manage the world’s food output to greater advantage and improve the well-being of its people. Almost a half-century on, FAO faced mounting criticism from its major funding nations, professionals within the field, and developing countries. The efficacy of its constitution, bureaucracy and aid, and even its fidelity to original ideals are questioned.

This book presents an informed, if irreverent, insider’s view. The first part of the book sets out the structure and activities of FAO. It gives a human dimension, describing the personalities that have influenced decisions and performance, the motivations of its staff, its location in Rome. The second part appraises FAO’S success in achieving its ultimate objective the alleviation of poverty. Throughout, the concern is both for a more visionary organization to help develop a sustainable income base for the rural poor in the developing world.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction: Storm Clouds Mar the Ideal Part 1: The Organization and its Staff 2. The Organization 3. Directors General 4. Professionals 5. General Service 6. The FAO Way 7. FAO in Rome Part 2: Poverty Alleviation: FAO’s Performance in the Area of Marketing 8. Marketing and the Rural Poor 9. FAO Marketing Assistance 10. The Marketing Group in FAO 11. Can FAO Be Young Again?

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Food Supply and Policy

Reissuing works originally published between 1952 and 1999, this set provides a wide spread of scholarship on issues surrounding food provision throughout the world. The earlier books look at import and export changes during times when previous trade routes and options changed while later ones mostly consider food assistance policies, poverty and famine, and welfare. These books cover third world studies, economics, anthropology, politics, environment, agriculture and population studies as well as food and nutrition.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science