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    Feeding a Hungry World: IFDC’S First Forty Years
    (2014) Thomas Hager
    In the fall of 1973, history was poised to be made at the United Nations General Assembly. The world's attention was focused on Henry Kissinger, America's renowned diplomat and architect of detente, who had recently been appointed as the United States Secretary of State. As the Nixon administration faced challenges like the Watergate scandal and a troubled global economy, Kissinger aimed to make a positive impact during his debut on the world stage at the United Nations. Recognizing the significance of the world's changing political mood and the rising food prices, Kissinger and his team crafted a message centered on addressing the issue of food scarcity. This proposal led to the establishment of a new organization, the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), with the mission to address global food shortages and feed a hungry world.