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International charities that dispense food relief to the stricken and the poor have just awoken to the fact that the coming WTO round in Doha might abolish food aid as we know it, as a by-product of reducing agricultural subsidies. During the cold war, following a deal between the US department of agriculture (USDA), the state department and other agencies of the US government, large-scale food assistance was given to friendly states and client regimes, such as India, South Vietnam, Egypt and some central American countries. The deal was that a minor but reliable portion of America’s subsidised grain surplus…

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