Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

The US food aid program originated in 1954 as a means of disposing of costly domestic agricultural surpluses. In that year, Congress passed the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act, known as Public Law 480. PL 480 enables food-deficit “friendly countries” to purchase US agricultural commodities with local currency, thus saving foreign exchange reserves and relieving US grain surpluses.

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How to cite this article:

"Public Law 480: “Better Than a Bomber”," Middle East Report 145 (March/April 1987).