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Point Four, Utah State University Technicians, and Rural Development in Iran, 1950–64

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 March 2003

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA


In 1950 Iran and the United States signed the first Point Four agreement, establishing a program now known as USAID. It fulfilled President Harry S. Truman's desire to control the Soviet bloc and to share technology with third world countries. Utah State University contracted with the U.S. Point Four program to provide technicians in agriculture from 1951 to 1954. This paper examines the successes and the frustrations that the Utahns felt in transporting technology to Iran. While there were some successes, the cultural and economic difficulties were hard to overcome. As a result, the technicians in the 1960s experienced the same problems faced by those in the 1950s. These included a negative reaction to farm machinery in a land with many laborers, problems training machinery operators, and language barriers.

Research Article
© 2003 Cambridge University Press

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