Can Local Solutions Succeed Where Foreign Aid Has Failed?

Can Local Solutions Succeed Where Foreign Aid Has Failed? By Matt Warner In Ruhiira, Uganda, an international aid project once offered villagers $300,000 to grow maize instead of matoke, a banana-like starch. Maize, the aid experts reasoned, was better to farm because it is nutritious, drought-resistant, and produces high yields. The experts were right. At harvest time, the villagers found themselves with a bumper crop of 3,840 tons of maize. What happened next, though, cut short any celebration. No one could figure out what to do with all the excess…

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