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WATCH: Green Revolution

In this video, scholar Eman M. Elshaikh introduces the Green Revolution, which refers to agricultural technology transfers aimed at reducing world hunger, mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. The set of policies and aid initiatives also had a political element within the context of the Cold War. Aid from the US was linked to the belief that extreme poverty and hunger might turn populations to communist political movements. Debate continues over the benefits and costs of the programs, based on disagreements about sustainability, US corporate benefits, and whether the Green Revolution actually made things measurably better in the long run.

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