Following a recommendation of the World Food Summit of 1974, the UN General Assembly established the World Food Council (WFC) by Resolution 3348 (XXIX) of 17 December 1974 as one of its special bodies. The main tasks of the WFC were to analyze the world food situation, submit improvement proposals, and maintain the public awareness of the world food problem. Its functions were restricted to advising and initiating. Its national food strategies aimed at making food production in developing countries independent from external support. In comparison to other world food institutions, the WFC was a late-comer, which led to disputes about responsibilities with the other institutions in this field, and thus made it difficult for the WFC to define its own field of functions within the UN system. Keywords: UN General Assembly; World Food Council (WFC); world food problem; world food situation

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