All you need is aid

Progressive Development Forum

And so it came to pass. The resounding message coming out of this weekend’s hunger summit and IF campaign event was exactly as predicted: more charity is needed to solve Africa’s problems, not structural change. Aid agencies declared themselves thrilled at the generosity of donor governments, while David Cameron got the ‘golden moment’ he desired courtesy of Bill Gates and other celebrity endorsements. Any criticism of the G8’s corporate assault on African farming by means of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was relegated to the sidelines. The following summary of news coverage gives a flavour:

UK commits £375m to help feed world’s poorest children (BBC News)
The G8 food summit: World will give £2.7bn aid to end hunger (Independent on Sunday)
Bill Gates: UK leading the way in tackling world hunger (Observer)
London hunger summit yields $4bn commitment on child malnutrition (Guardian)
Britain commits to £375m extra…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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