Non-Governmental Imagination

Great Article On Why Africa Is Perpetually In Need Of Aid
February 1, 2006, 8:59 am
Filed under: Food, International Aid

The BBC hit the nail on the head today. The article discusses how African countries become mired in situations that require food aid, and that drought is often not a primary cause. While I highly recommend reading the entire article, for you lazies here is the four main causes of famine:

“- Decades of underinvestment in rural areas, which have little political clout.
– Wars and political conflict, leading to refugees and instability.
– HIV/Aids depriving families of their most productive labour.
– Unchecked population growth.”

I couldn’t find much commentary in the blogosphere about this article, but Skeptacles made an excellent point about how the BBC downplays the voices that point to agricultural policies of the global north that perpetuate African poverty. The article is excellent through and through, so check it out.


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The list can’t be complete without:

– an economic culture where power does not mean responsibility, it means freedom; and the all-pervasive corruption that this entails.
– the lack of incentive to work hard – because of a culture of red tape inherited (and not evolved)from colonial powers, and because of the aforementioned corruption, not to mention international trade barriers.

Comment by The Charity Blogger

I suppose that all the mentioned reasons should appear in such a list – but should they do it in this sequence and with no others to complete them?

In other words: if Africa were a lonely planet, it would make sense to talk on _inner_ problem only.
As far as I can remember my geography and history classes, that is not the case. So, sorry, Dear People, but I cannot see how I could swallow it.

Comment by Andrzej Solecki

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