Category Archives: Food Aid

The Social Life of Beans in Burundi – Part 2

Part 1 of this blog discussed the different steps used by smallholders here in Burundi in cultivating, harvesting and processing beans.  Below, a few more notes on these steps – together with thoughts on the challenges of emergency seed distribution following … Continue reading

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Fasting and Feasting in Africa – Reasoned Responses to Radical Changes in Climate and Crops

“The quantities of meat our men devour is quite astounding. They boil as much as their pots will hold, and eat till it becomes physically impossible for them to stow away any more…” See full blog here: Fasting and feasting … Continue reading

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What 5% of the World’s Global GDP can Accomplish

What 5% of the World’s Global GDP can Accomplish. A lot of countries contribute almost nothing to global GDP, even though they may have tens or hundreds of millions of people. You could literally wipe them from the globe and … Continue reading

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Fasting and Feasting in Africa – Reasoned Responses to Radical Changes in Climate and Crops

“The quantities of meat our men devour is quite astounding. They boil as much as their pots will hold, and eat till it becomes physically impossible for them to stow away any more…” In a previous post – ‘Cuisines and … Continue reading

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Changing Local Diets and Food Expectations with Subsidized foods

Sources:  Top –   Moses Ouma Migoya; Bottom –  The Butterfly Tree In my last blog I talked about the impact of food assistance on local diets in the Southern Hemisphere; programs such as the two depicted above. But food … Continue reading

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How Humanitarian Assistance Changes Local Diets and Markets

Mandatory distribution of foodstuffs produced by the donor country is written into many of the humanitarian assistance grants supported by American and EU governments. My first experience with mandatory food aid took place some years ago when working in the … Continue reading

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What 5% of the World’s Global GDP can Accomplish

Random thoughts about global warming, colonialism, ‘Darkest Africa‘, & Others Today I came across a wonderfully sobering piece by Nate Silver entitled: How To Destroy (Almost) Half the Planet for the Low, Low Price of Just 5% of Global GDP. … Continue reading

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