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Kay Barnard

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International Development: Uganda

I've just had an article published in Liberal International about my personal view of Uganda. You are very welcome to read it. It's available at

"On December 3rd last year the Economist published an article describing Africa as “The Hopeful Continent”. My recent trip to Uganda in October certainly reinforced that image. The country which suffered dreadful oppression under Idi Amin in the 1970s and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the north... is clearly healing. And the country is not just healing but growing economically, and at a rate far above the more developed economies of Europe and America."

I am continuing to work with farmers and food businesses in Uganda and other East African countries. 

You may not realise that there is a need for storage for crops in most African countries. Being able to clean and store crops reduces waste and increases the ability of farmers to get a good price for their crops.   Otherwise farmers are at the mercy of traders who pay low prices at harvest and take the high value sales in local and export markets.

I'm optimistic about the ability of many developing countries to prosper in the future, particularly if fair trade takes its rightful place in international negotiations at the World Trade Organisation, the place where trade rules are set. The EU has a major role to play at the WTO and its importance on the world stage should not be forgotten.

I'd be very interested in your comments.



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