Glmclain wrote:I would never donate to a fund that's not directly building local agricultural infrastructure. If they're just donating food I would avoid it like the plague.
How does that make any sense at all? These people aren't going to be able to eat farming investment until it grows into food, and it's not going to grow into food for years, because the drought won't go away just because you buy them ploughs instead of finished bread. Forget your opinions on what's best for Africa's future, and think about how you save people who are dying of starvation. Do you give them farming implements, or do you give them food?
Here's the problem. There's no easy answer. If you give them food now, it will be used as a weapon by local warlords and further drive down prices of any locally grown crops, further killing any chances of local economy.
If we help them build infrastructure and use armed forces to combat warlords (which would probably help with the pirate problem) then they can survive on their own.
Either way lots and lots of people will die. I'll take the option for a brighter future.
It's unfair and sucks for the people there are starving now, but unfortunately that's how it is. I'm not a sociopath or a bad person, I'm a political realist. Nothing ever worth doing was cheap, in money or in lives.
Also, 50, maybe 100 years down the road if they have loads of infrastructure and a great farming system, guess who they owe? U.S.A. It's in our best interest to help out now, they'll owe us one later.
Which is why we really don't give two fucks about Haiti, there's nothing they can really offer us that we care about.