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The United States Should Play a Greater Role in the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ID-77-13;
B-159652. May 16, 1977. 66 pp.

Report to Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, Chairman, Senate Committee on
Governmental Affairs; by Elmer B. Staats, Comptroller General.

Issue Area: International 1conomic and Military Programs: U.S.
    Participation iin Activities of International Organizations
    (609); Food: Alleviating Famine and malnutrition Abroad
Contact: International Div.
Budget Function: International Affairs: Foreign Economic and
    Financial Assistance (151); Agriculture (350).
Organization Concerned: Agency for International Development;
    Department of Agriculture; Department of State; United
    Nations: Food and Agriculture Organization.
Congressional Relevance: House Committee on International
    Relations; Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Senate
    Committee on Governmental Affairs.

         Progress has been m,:de in implementing GAO's 1969
recammendations to the Departments of State and Agriculture,
which are primarily responsible for alministering U.S.
participation in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO,
but more specific improvements are needed.
Finlings/Conclusions: The 1976 statement of U.S. objectives is
broal, and neither identifies U.S. interests in terms of
pri~rities nor relates U.S. goals to specific real or potential
FAO programs. FAO's improved programming and budgeting systems
still do not provide sufficient information to permit effective
assessment of the relationships between the regular programs and
the extrabudgetary development activities. Present PAO attempts
to st-eamline the process will further reduce the information
available to the goveLning bodies, which focus their review
primarily on program increases and shifts of emphasis. The
budget review process is long and unwieldy, and the budget
documents are nonspecific and hard to understand. Evaluation of
programs and activities is neither systematic nor comprebensive,
and the member governments are not provided sufficient
infrmation to judge the effectiveness of program
administration. FAO plans to fund a development program w.-th
budget funds rather than with voluntary contributions and to
decentralize its operations. Specific functions and
responsibilities have not been clearly assigned to concerned
U.S. agencies. Trust fund development projects should be
consistent with FAO policies and unified country programs. The
United States should actively help shape the future of the gorli
Food Council. Recommendations: The 1976 etatement should be
revised to clarify U.S. priorities and concerns in a
program-oriented manner. More specific goals and an action plan

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