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Entries by Roger Thurow

Lesson From A Famine: Markets Matter

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:14 PM

Ten years after the Ethiopian famine of 2003, when international food aid rushed in to feed 14 million people, another World Food Program (WFP) tent has been erected on an open field. But this isn't a scene of food distribution. It is a scene of food purchase.

The action happens...

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The Last Mile: Reaching Women Farmers

(9) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 8:22 AM

This piece is part of a series of blogs by leading NGOs to call attention to a range of issues that should be raised at the G8 summit at Camp David in rural Maryland from May 18-19.

Go to the end of most any dirt road in rural Africa and...

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G8 Stakes High for African Farmers

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 6:42 PM

The stakes of this weekend's G8 meeting in Camp David are huge for Leonida Wanyama and her neighbors in western Kenya.  Three years ago they formed a little farming cooperative which they named Amua, a Swahili word meaning "decide."

"We have decided," Leonida told me, "to move from misery to Canaan,"...

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African Farmers: Surviving or Thriving?

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 7:00 PM

It is one of Africa's cruelest ironies that as the planting season begins, as it is now across much of the continent, so does the hunger season. The food stocks from the previous harvest are running low and it will be several months before the next harvest comes in. Whatever...

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