Sunday, December 02, 2007

Screw the experts...
Finally, some good news from my favorite African nation, Malawi.

According to the New York Times, Malawi has turned around its hunger status by ignoring the experts. By focusing on the importance of fertilizer they are now selling more corn to the World Food Program of the UN than any other country in southern Africa and exporting hundreds of thousands of tons of corn to Zimbabwe.

Both the US and Britian were skeptical about the need for fertilizer subsidies, a fact with which Malawi's new president, Bingu wa Mutharika disagreed. He saw the importance of regenerating his nation's soil -- crucial if they were ever going to make a true stand against hunger. And thanks to his forward-thinking, and his stand against the so-called experts, Malawi is succeeding.

Go Malawi!

1 comment:

Fo said...

Hear, hear! Congratulations to Malawi for digging themselves out of a crisis and, as the article put it, following what the West practiced instead of what it preached. The arrogance of the Western advice (don't grow your own food; grow an export crop and buy food instead) was what struck me as most ridiculous.