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How the global food crisis helped the rural poor

By Jonathan Power  

At the summit meeting that opens in Italy on Wednesday the leaders of the G8 are expected to announce a “food security initiative”—an effort to reverse “the tendency of decreasing official development aid to agriculture” and increase investment in third world food production instead. According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Washington spends 20 times more on food aid in Africa than on long-term agricultural programmes to develop local food production. A similar bias exists in the policies of the…

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