THE CHALLENGE OF HUNGER by I. W. Moomaw

THE CHALLENGE OF HUNGER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled ""A Program for More Effective Foreign Aid,"" this quietly persuasive book is the special pleading of a man who knows the subject from the position where it is no longer so many abstract amounts of our tax monies, but rather a matter of so many sheep or chickens or garden plots or community wells. An ""agricultural missionary"" for more than 40 years, with church-sponsored projects at first and then Point Four and AID, Mr. Moomaw is understanding towards as well as disturbed by widespread public distrust of our foreign aid programs. He is at pains here to stress the successes (which don't make news for the simple reason that success in such a field is never so definite or dramatic as failure) but he is also scrupulous about its shortcomings. ""A more realistic and wiser"" program is essential, he agrees, but it requires ""the same boldness and imagination""--and commitment--we have applied to space exploration. Many of the practical ingredients for such a program have never been so simply and urgently expressed as here. The requisite broader facts and statistics have also been included, but what remains in the reader's memory, and convinces, is the great number of concrete examples of what has been, could be, and must be done.

Publisher: Praeger