Friday, 24 February 2012

IFAD in Botswana

It's easy to believe that hunger looks like starving black African children but it doesn't - it looks like the daily terror of not knowing where your children's next meal is coming from. It's great to see IFAD recognising that.

Botswana has long been the exception in Africa - peaceful, mineral-rich without the resource curse, good healthcare, etc. But food insecurity is a problem in Botswana. It's a problem everywhere (what was that US stat? 1 in 6?) but Botswana is basically a desert. Now they have secured a loan/grant of US$5.6 million. With a total population of 2 million, that amount has the potential to make a real difference to the poor and food insecure.

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