Zepp-LaRouche's Call To Double Food Production Not Enacted: Consequences In Africa
July 24, 2008 • 11:24PM

Genocide by starvation continues to unfold across Africa. British-directed Malthusian policies have put over 15 million East Africans at risk of "severe hunger and destitution" within months, an Oxfam press release states today. Cost of food has risen "500% in some places" causing "utter destitution," said Oxfam's Rob McNeil, who just returned from Somalia. Drought, spiraling food costs, and fuel shortages have added to the fragile existence of Africans who've been denied the technology and infrastructure to make their nations food self-sufficient.

This preventable disaster underscores Helga Zepp LaRouche's clarion call to double world food production issued in May 2008. "Humanity is in Mortal Danger!" she warned. Free trade policies and former Secy. of State Henry Kissinger's 1970s policy of "appropriate technologies" depriving Africa and Asia of advanced infrastructure and farm implements, still in effect today, must be halted. The dictates of the WTO, GATT, and Al Gore's biofuels swindle must cease; to be replaced with high-technology inputs to feed people now, and into the future, in Africa, and elsewhere.

Oxfam's McNeil found the cost of imported rice to Somalia soared 350% between January 2007 and May 2008. All the Horn of Africa countries, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, and Djibouti are desperate. Incredibly, however, McNeil called it a "catastrophe in the making" which if acted on could be prevented from becoming "a reality." It already is one. He belies his own statement describing a road "littered with dead livestock" and people grinding "food pellets intended for their animals" to make "porridge to feed their families," SkyNews.com reports.

A few country examples suffice to show the genocide:

* ETHIOPIA: More than 10 million people, 12% of its population, need food aid—a doubling since January. Of these, 4.6 million people require emergency food aid while another 5.7 million who are in safety-net programs need additional food to survive until the November harvest. Among the 10 million are 75,000 children with severe acute malnutrition. The country has already used up its emergency cereal reserves to feed its urban poor. The price of wheat doubled here in 6 months time.

Extreme drought has made survival worse: "Ethiopians are waiting for rain—or death," a BBC correspondent said.

* SOMALIA: 2.6-3.5 million people, 35% of its population, require food aid. The price of rice has tripled in one year, since May 2007. Acute malnutrition of children has risen between 18% and 24% in some areas, well above the 15% deemed an emergency. Desperation has led to five food aid workers being killed as militias maraud for food supplies in recent months.

"Disaster similar to the 1992-1993 famine when hundreds of thousands of people perished," could engulf areas of the country in months, Peter Goossens of the WFP told a news conference on July 23.

* KENYA: between 2 and 6 million Kenyans are at risk of hunger and will require emergency food aid by September, the WFP July 15 "Hunger's global hotspots" report states. Food prices have soared by 30%-50% this year as inflation has risen 26.6%. Fertilizers costs doubled since 2007 preventing their use. The result: "Right now we [expect] four bags of maize per acre instead of the usual 20, as we could not afford to use any fertilizer," Wilson Keya a Kenyan farmer told IRIN news, a UN news service.

Nor could these farmers afford to use "ox-driven ploughs" due to a doubling of feed costs for the oxen. Likewise, there's a lack of seeds and "we also do not have jembes [hoes] to help us prepare the land," Phyllis Chesha, a returning refugee, told IRIN.