2.12.10

Africa. Food. Money talks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11890702

As it stands, there is little incentive for a lot of farmers and government workers to make Africa a net exporter of crops. There's no huge amounts of money to be made in growing food crops. The Western world dump their subsidized surpluses onto Africa and calls it "Aid" when it drives down prices and makes it even less worth your while to get industrial agriculture going in Africa.

Roads. Infrastructure. Good governance. Wars. Crime. Ethnic and religious conflict. Colonial history. All of it tied together it's hard to see where to start. Start by focusing on what YOU can do instead of just clamoring for what THEY can do.

The US and Europe can reform their agricultural subsidies and cut protectionism against things that Africa can export - and stop dumping food.

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