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African agriculture needs trade not aid (Science and Development Network)


Food security needs Africa to move from aid-dependent fixes to profitable trade-driven agriculture, says David Bennett.
SciDev.Net’s recent Spotlight Ensuring food security for the future featured a number of first-rate articles from various viewpoints. Yet there’s one viewpoint sorely lacking: on the economy — and related to this, the role of aid.
Too often people think food security can be achieved by a combination of long term research and short term low-tech initiatives. These depend on donor funding, whether from foreign governments — either directly or via their support for research — or from charitable foundations or NGOs...

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