January, 2008

Planting Seeds of Hope

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Despite tremendous worldwide economic progress over the past 50 years, hunger and food insecurity remain the daily reality for people around the world. In Africa alone, millions struggle against the ravages of hunger, a situation encouraged by numerous African and western government policies. However, one innovation, the Combi-Pack, is showing great potential to reduce hunger and poverty among smallholder farmers in South Africa.

Land tenure insecurity, a lack of access to credit, transportation issues, and the agricultural subsidies offered in developed countries are huge barriers to economic success for smallholder farmers in South Africa.  Despite these constraints, the Combi-Pack, the product of a multinational company, is doing something that opponents of globalization might find surprising: it is bettering the lives of the rural poor.

 

Citation (Chicago-Style)

Boudreaux, Karol & Sacks, Daniel, Perking Up The Economy: Coffee in Rwanda. Mercatus On Policy No. 6. Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2007.