Essay: THE STRUGGLE TO END HUNGER

ONE of the greatest peacetime armadas ever assembled—600 ships from 50 donor nations—has borne 1,000,000 tons a month of mostly U.S. grain to drought-tormented India this year. Despite alarming predictions that millions of people might starve to death in that land, famine has been fended off. The massive U.S. effort, plus surprisingly effective distribution of rationed wheat and rice through India's bullock-and-leather-bucket economy, proved the apocalyptic prophets wrong.

Yet neither India nor other needy nations dare rely on largesse much longer. With world population in the past five years growing twice as...

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