How Africa 'feeds the world'.

Author:Pijpers, Robert
Position:By email - Letter to the editor

A discomfiting image appeared as part of New Africans January 2015 cover story: a map indicating how Africa "feeds the world". The map showed various money flows out of Africa, including those through remittances, tax evasion, company profits and loans.

As the introductory text says: "The money the continent receives in overseas aid pales in comparison to that which flows out of the continent."

Yet, the picture in this one-pager, and the message communicated through it, is one-sided and incorrect for one very simple reason: the only inflow that is mentioned is money coming in via annual overseas aid. However, when remittances, tax evasion or company profits are listed under...

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