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Comment: Re:I saw something like this about 15 years ago (Score 1) 729

by NerdConspiracy (#13833782) Attached to: Microsoft Thinks Africa Doesn't Need Free Software
I think you misunderstood the point of the argument that free food is harming Afica rather than helping. The argument is not that Africa doesn't need any help, as you imply, but that help ought to be, among other things, in the form of knowledge and technology transfer, rather than in the form of food handouts. Africa does indeed need a lot of help, and while software may not be the number one priority, ahead of modern agricultural methods, fair access to developed markets, better financial management, debt cancellations and a few other things, it is certainly a part of the picture.

Local farmers were not "uninterested" in growing food and turning profit by selling it. Why would they be? They found it impossible to compete in the market which was devalued by the free stuff being poured in, much as Iowa farmers would be "uninterested" in growing corn if a foreign entity was flooding the US market with free corn.

Some of your other comments such as "money for nothing mindset", as applied to the entire population of a continent, are really not worth answering. You might want to study up on the historical, geographical and other causes of unequal levels of development between nations before you jump to a simpleminded and racist conclusion that its just because they don't want to help themselves.

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