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Modernising Hunger

Modernising Hunger

By Philip Raikes

Heinemann, 1989, 280 pp.

Looking hard at the relationship between Western aid (with the European Community as paradigm) and African food supplies, the author sees the equation as almost wholly negative. In his view aid has greatly reduced the food security of most Africans by exacerbating the concentration of wealth and land and increasing poverty generally. More forthright than most in declaring that the conclusions he had sought "continually eluded" him, he appears to place some hope in the astringency of well-aimed criticism. Nowhere, however, does he call for ending aid programs.