The Chairman of the Economic Commission for Africa's (E.C.A.) Executive Committee, Colonel Kwame Ba of?
The Chairman of the Economic Commission for Africa's (E.C.A.) Executive Committee, Colonel Kwame Ba of Ghana, called for Africa to evolve its own food programme when the Committee met of Tuesday (18 June). The bi-annual conference of the sixteen-member Committee is being held at Africa Hall, the E.C.A.'s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The main purpose of the conference is to review the work programme of its Secretariat. Several other agenda items were also adopted by the Committee, and the Chairman suggested that the meeting concentrated on four of these: world food security, assistance to Zambia, the report on African countries affected by drought, and matters arising from the Sixth Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly, which discussed the relationship between Third World resources and the price the developed countries pay for them.
On the problem of the world's food reserves, Colonel Kweme Ba said that the shortage of food was leading to an Unfortunate development whereby food for trade (rather than aid) was becoming the desired policy of donor countries. Africa should, therefore, develop its own food programme. In the past, the Chairman said, African countries' efforts and investments were generally concentrated on the development of crop production for export, while very little attention -- and limited resources -- were given to raising local staple crops. The infrastructure for food storage, preparation, marketing and processing for African markets had also been neglected, and this situation must now be rectified, he said.