The Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations - Vol. 2

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Suggested Reading:
Raymond Grew, Food in Global History (1999).
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It was set up in 1943 and later became a United Nations specialized agency. Its purpose is to develop and promote improvements in the production of foodstuffs as a means of alleviating hunger and food scarcity. It has played a significant role in famine relief, agricultural research, farm education, and advisory services. It is the largest of the specialized agencies, with more than 160 member states. It has taken important initiatives in conservation of plant genes, early-warning systems on global food stocks, and eradication of locust and other farm pests.
food security. The idea that all people have a right to levels of daily nutrition that permit their full physical and mental development.
“Football War” (July 1969). So-called because the trigger was a riot occasioned by a national football (soccer) match between Honduras and El Salvador. The real cause was migration of land-hungry peasant squatters into Honduras, which touched off a boundary dispute. They were in flight from local overpopulation, exhausted soil, and brutal feudal landholding laws in El Salvador. Several thousand were killed in brief fighting. The OAS helped end it through mediation.

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