Interesting Guardian article (here) on agricultural (ie. fertiliser) subsidies in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Zambia, Malawi and similar countries. I agree with some of the observations - there are other agricultural needs that should also be funded, production doesn't necessarily improve just because you add fertiliser (there are other soil quality issues), etc. I disagree with other, some of which are a little hysterical - the imagine how many schools could have been built argument, in particular, is stupid given the severe impact of chronic malnutrition resulting from food insecurity on educational outcomes. Still, worth a read.
I'd also add, which I think is a fundamental point that is lost in almost every agriculture debate about Southern Africa, that most of the agricultural ... [view whole blog post ]