THE HEMISPHERE: The Hungry

All along the West Coast, hunger was South America's own preoccupation. Pointing up the irony West Coast people saw in Herbert Hoover's food-hunting trek, a ragged, famished youngster in a Colombian cartoon begged for "a penny, madam, for the poor little European children who are so hungry!" Colombians, crimped by their ever-present transport problem, were forced to fly beef to their upland capital. At first they offered Hoover only coffee; later they considered relinquishing 8,000 tons of wheat promised by Canada. Ecuador, usually short on wheat, had a bumper rice crop; for 650,000 bags, which sell within Ecuador for $7...