In 2002, direct support to farmers added up to US$235 billion, almost 30 times the amount provided as aid for agricultural development in developing countries. Much of that sum subsidized the production of surpluses in commodities that many developing countries depend upon.
Source: The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2003. Economic and Social Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Last accessed 11/15/04 via Corporate Document Repository at http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/j008e/j0083e04.htm