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Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. by Roger Thurow

By Roger Thurow

For greater than thirty years, humankind has identified the best way to develop sufficient foodstuff to finish continual starvation world wide. but whereas the “Green Revolution” succeeded in South the USA and Asia, it by no means received to Africa. greater than nine million humans each year die of starvation, malnutrition, and similar illnesses each year—most of them in Africa and so much of them young children. extra die of starvation in Africa than from AIDS and malaria mixed. Now, an drawing close worldwide meals quandary threatens to make issues worse.In the west we predict of famine as a typical catastrophe, caused by means of drought; or because the legacy of brutal dictators. yet during this robust investigative narrative, Thurow & Kilman express precisely how, some time past few a long time, American, British, and eu rules conspired to maintain Africa hungry and not able to feed itself. As a brand new iteration of activists paintings to maintain famine from spreading,Enoughis crucial studying on a humanitarian factor of maximum urgency.

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Food aid and sympathy rushed to the dying fields in Ethiopia. Once again, the scramble was on “with pious regret to salvage the human wreckage of famine,” as Borlaug had prophesied. The shock, though, did little to spark change in the West’s economic medicine for Africa. In fact, the famine emboldened the advocates of the policies of structural adjustment and comparative advantage in the rightness of their course. To them, the vast starvation confirmed the hopeless vulnerability of Africa’s farmers to the whims of weather and the cruelty of evil regimes.

Norman Borlaug answered the ringing telephone in his office at Texas A&M University. ” the voice from the other side of the world demanded to know. For Borlaug, the call came straight out of the blue. He was seventy years old, had settled into the role of elder statesman and teacher, and was considering a position at forest-products giant Weyerhaeuser Company. He told Sasakawa he had spent his career working in Latin America and Asia and knew little about Africa. Sasakawa offered to bankroll Borlaug.

His farm yield climbed so rapidly that neighbors quickly followed suit, as did their neighbors. Borlaug’s wheat swept across Mexico. Unlike with hybrid corn, farmers could save seeds from the best of their wheat harvest and plant them the next year to get the same results. By 1951, about 70 percent of Mexico’s wheat came from Borlaug, who was hailed by some farmers as “Super Sabio”: Super Sage. The high-yielding plants sucked so much out of the soil that fields had to be replenished with plenty of water and synthetic fertilizer.

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