Thursday, 12 May 2016

Is Western aid causing famine, misery and death in Africa?

Here's one for Uncle Bob; is all that charity money channelled to the starving people of Africa actually the cause of even greater misery and death? Der Spiegel is one of the very few news outlets now warning about a coming drought and famine disaster in Africa - an event that will send millions of Africans on the move Northwards in search of food and shelter in Europe. 

And that's the difference between Uncle Bob's first famine and today. Then, the poor buggers stayed in place and died. Today, they've sold their emaciated goats for a 2G phone and a bus ticket to Libya. 

And the proximate reason for the crisis is not climate change, MMGW or fossil fuels, but improved health care and greater global prosperity which have overtaken Africa's endogenous ability to manage itself. As Der Spiegel describes;
"Since the massive famine that struck Ethiopia in 1984-85, the country's population has swollen from 41 million to 102 million. One-third of the population is already considered to be malnourished today: There simply isn't enough to go around in many parts of the country. Much of that situation is attributable to the country's antiquated system of subsistence farming. Millions of small farmers are incapable of yielding larger harvests because of their inability to access investment capital, equipment, fertilisers and high-quality seeds. In addition, their property belongs to the state, meaning they can cultivate it, but are unable to use it as collateral on any potential loans. They thus slave away just as in biblical times, using hoes, oxen and wooden ploughs to till low-yield soil."
In a quote that proves that Malthus should be compulsory learning throughout Africa, an Ethiopian local government official said "We are simply too many people - People are starving because we have run out of everything -- water, grain reserves, livestock feed." It is not a problem restricted to the Horn of Africa; South Africans are suffering under the effects of an explosion in food prices that could see many more poor white South Africans queueing to leave. 

You'd think the Guardian would be leading with this story - but there's nothing but a stony silence from our Stalinist luvvies. As when they managed to ignore the Holodomor - it took the Times to break that story.

12 comments:

John Dub said...

The Speigel report is spot on. If Ethiopia couldn't support 41 million people, where's the morality in 102 million starving people?

The forecast for 2050 is 2 billion population. Just a fraction of that will utterly destroy Europe.


Merkel's madness is looking more catastrophic by the day...

John Dub said...

The Speigel report is spot on. If Ethiopia couldn't support 41 million people, where's the morality in 102 million starving people?

The forecast for 2050 is 2 billion population. Just a fraction of that will utterly destroy Europe.


Merkel's madness is looking more catastrophic by the day...

proglodyte said...

Something else to factor in....

http://news.sky.com/story/1694324/antibiotic-resistance-becoming-global-crisis

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"Millions of small farmers are incapable of yielding larger harvests because of their inability to access investment capital...their property belongs to the state, meaning they can cultivate it, but are unable to use it as collateral on any potential loans."

An absolutely classic complete description of the disastrous consequences of socialism, and the dangers posed by the insecurity of private property in that system.

Will we never learn?

Poisonedchalice said...

Raedwald - I thought it was Holodomor?

Anyway, it's nought but trouble heading for Europe; we need to break away on June 23rd.

Coney Island

Raedwald said...

CI - quite right, apols, now edited.

mikebravo said...

I read years ago that every time our chaidees sink a well in a dry area the ground for 50 miles around is turned to desert, as every piece of wood is burned as fuel for cooking.
People move to congregate at the water and then have to be maintained by further charidee.

Still, more jobs for the boys.

Ed P said...

Perhaps birth control is more urgently needed than any aid? But then there's the problem of overcoming ignorance and religious beliefs.

The book Twilight of Abundance, by David Archibald, describes a dystopian vision of mass starvation throughout sub-Saharan Africa due to poor agriculture and overbreeding. It doesn't end well, for them or Europe.

Dan said...

What is needed is a mixture of several things, mostly these boil down to greater societal and political efficiency, and fewer people.

One thing we really could do is stop pissing money at African governments, and trade with them instead. Giving foreign currency to most African countries merely fuels the waBenzi tribe, the rich kleptocrats who drive everywhere in Mercedes Benz cars.

A good example are Ethiopia and Eritrea. The latter has a GDP similar to Birmingham, is a totalitarian Stalinist state and has been at war with Ethiopia (which isn't much better) for decades. Eritrea is a basket case. The State owns all land and leases it out to farmers, who well know that what the State gives the State and (and does) take away again. Farmers therefore have no incentive to invest in their land, as their investment could be snatched away and given to some other wretch.

Thus the Eritrean farming is kept at subsistence level only, leaving them utterly dependent on Western aid.

The best thing we could do for these poor bastards is invade in as heavy-handed way as possible, destroy all opposition and impose a Colonial Protectorate and English Civil Law onto them.

Cascadian said...

FFS Raedwald, do not tell the camoron, he will want to invade Ethiopia/Eritrea to bring democracy to their benighted patch.
Rhodesia has been returned to dust, South Africa and the Congo too, I wonder what they have in common?

Anonymous said...

Although it wasn't the impression that one got at the time, the 1980s Ethiopian famine was largely caused by socialist central planning of the agricultural system rather than drought, in that lush country https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resettlement_and_villagization_in_Ethiopia

James Higham said...

This is one we've been blogging about for some years - an emphatic, yes, it does seem likely.