The Politics Of Adjustment: The African Case

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Food aid has been used consciously and increasingly for promoting structural adjustment, and has had a major impact on the economic programmes of many states in the 1980s, particularly in Africa. This article considers the politics of adjustment programmes and food aid, and the dilemmas which arise, including the effects of food subsidies, conditionality, overhead costs, varying food needs, and attitudes towards food aid. New approaches and more coordination are needed if food aid, to Africa in particular, is to be even moderately effective in aiding countries making major policy changes.

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