Monday, September 12, 2011

Bad policies, not just bad weather to blame for the food crisis

Bad policies, not just bad weather, have created the East African famine. That’s the message from experts battling the hunger. The good news is that it needn’t be this way; there are good policies out there which can reverse this trend.
Starving people appear to most of us as an indistinct mass of human misery. Their pain is what moves us. Their needs compel us to help. They look and suffer alike. Who they are is not really important.

But to understand why the people in the horn of African are starving, and to really help, it is paramount that we know who they are and where they came from.

Then we’ll see that it’s not just drought that has caused the East African famine but bad governance. The food crisis is a policy crisis. Unless policies are changed, the same thing is going to happen over and over again. Enactment of the new constitution in Kenya implementation to the latter should signal a new dawn in the country.

So who are these people? And what are the policies that have pushed them to the brink? Here lies the solution to this problem.

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