Food Aid as a Political Instrument

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BWA General Council Resolution 1976.4

MOTION by W. A. Criswell was seconded, and carried 35GC76 that the following resolution be adopted:

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, believing that the feeding of the starving and the undernourished ought not to be limited to people whose governments are closely allied to donor governments, and recognizing that some governments have used, or have been under pressure to use relief, and especially food aid as a political instrument, resolves that we encourage governments in their relief programs to extend aid to needy people of other countries as an act of compassion, and not as a political maneuver.


Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance 1976 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1976.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1976 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1976), p. 42.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1976.4 Food Aid as a Political Instrument;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1976.4).

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