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Aid to Africa. An Appraisal of U.K. Policy for Aid to Africa by I. M. D. Little

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It includes research of many kinds: basic agricultural research, and the economic proving of new seeds, crops, and methods, under local conditions; economic assessment, dietetics, and market research; research of a sociological, anthropological and economic nature into land tenure, the means of influencing peasant agriculture, and ways of raising the status of agriculture and rural life. It includes education and training for researchers, agronomists, agricultural administrators, managers, and extension workers.

Secondly, the new kind of development and welfare legislation envisaged above seems to imply either a single foreign affairs ministry, which would handle all aid, or else a separate foreign aid ministry. Whatever the final administrative outcome, it is clear that there should be only one department handling aid. A s has already been argued, a more positive approach to project aid, and greater emphasis on agricultural development, would demand far more economic and technical expertise than is at present available to departments, both in Whitehall and in the overseas posts.

Thirdly, it is likely that, in any case, there will be increasing demands by public opinion that aid money should not be wasted. A. It has begun in Germany and France, and there are "straws in the w i n d " in England. K. aid to Africa goes. Most aid has been given for projects. K. should exercise greater choice, concern itself more deeply with priorities, and try to see that its aid forms a coherent programme: and that it should also enter more positively into the planning of the projects, and into supervising both their c o n struction and their operation until they can be safely left.

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