FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, July 25, 2011

A famine of food and international politics in East Africa

Daniel Howden: This famine is a failure of politics, not of generosity

After 9/11 it no longer mattered to the West what happened to the Somalis as long as their suffering was contained and radical elements neutralised

Preach it Daniel!  If want to read more about the famine (and international failures in response) he mentions back in the 90's check out The Zanzibar Chest by Aiden Hartley.  Now compare the points made in Daniel's article with France's Agriculture Minister "Monsieur Je miss the point and root of the crisis here'  Le Maire statements in the article below:

The world has "failed to ensure food security", France's agriculture minister has said at the UN food agency crisis talks on East Africa's drought. "If we don't take the necessary measures, famine will be the scandal of this century," AFP news agency quotes Bruno Le Maire as saying in Rome.



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