Restrictions on U.S. Aid to Bolivia for Crop Development Competing With U.S. Agricultural Exports and their Relationship to U.S. Anti-Drug Efforts

T-NSIAD-90-52: Published: Jun 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1990.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

GAO discussed the restrictions on U.S. aid to developing countries for crop development that competes with U.S. agricultural exports, and their relationship to U.S. anti-drug efforts in Bolivia. GAO noted that: (1) drug legislation places certain restrictions on the use of some local currencies generated by the sale of food aid commodities in recipient countries; (2) the provisions prohibit the use of certain funds to promote the production of commodities that would compete in world markets with similar U.S. commodities; (3) the legislation gives the President discretion to determine what would represent competition in world markets with U.S. commodities; (4) the Department of Agriculture (USDA) interpeted the legislation's restrictions as meaning no funds could be used, either directly or indirectly, to support soybean exports; (5) there is disagreement between the Department of State and USDA over the desirability of supporting soybean production in Bolivia as an alternative to coca production; (6) State has urged the Development Coordination Committee (DCC) to reconsider its interpretation of the legislation's restrictions; (7) the Agency for International Development has advised DCC that the total amount of funds it has spent on soybean activities since 1985 is about $353,000; and (8) in fiscal years 1986 and 1987, $40 million was allocated to the Bolivia program, but DCC has not changed its position on the restrictions.

Jun 18, 2015

May 26, 2015

May 20, 2015

May 7, 2015

Apr 30, 2015

Mar 18, 2015

Mar 11, 2015

Feb 27, 2015

Jan 12, 2015

Dec 18, 2014

Looking for more? Browse all our products here