Food for Thought

For more than 10 years I have been an agronomist and food-processing technologist in several African countries, India and Indonesia [Oct. 26]. I completely agree that Western countries, development organizations and the Food and Agriculture Organization have neglected small-scale farming in the developing world, destroying rural economies under a growing population (thanks to health programs, better drinking water, etc., where so much of the money went). This is the single most important reason why 50 years of development aid did not work in Africa. But the agricultural policy, the food-aid policy and the trade barriers of the European Union and the...

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