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Claude Bourdin, Pat Evans, and Dr. Christie Peacock

Dr Christie Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of the UK charity Farm Africa, and a world authority on agriculture, deplored the lack of governmental and international investment in Africa, "the most rural continent in the world," where 80 percent of the population rely on farming for their livelihoods. Investment had declined "in a scandalous manner" by two-thirds in the last 10 years, she said. Direct food aid to Eritrea, for instance, was 40 times the aid to agricultural development.

Dr Christie Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of the UK charity Farm Africa, and a world authority on agriculture, deplored the lack of governmental and international investment in Africa, ‘the most rural continent in the world’, where 80 per cent of the population rely on farming for their livelihoods. Investment had declined ‘in a scandalous manner’ by two-thirds in the last 10 years, she said. Direct food aid to Eritrea, for instance, was 40 times the aid to agricultural development.

Three participants in the ‘Farmers’ Dialogue’ a programme of Initiatives of Change spoke today of the urgent needs for food – and the urgent needs for reforms in food policies, notably in support of small-holder farmers in Africa.

The nations of the world have to join together in finding that solution. It will require each of us to listen to each other, to think honestly and to act with courage.

Tony Colman MP addressed the the Caux Conference for Business and Industry in Switzerland this week.

Tony Colman, MP, UK

Tony Colman addressing the Caux Business and Industry conference

A British Labour politician and a Swiss engineer told the CCBI conference today that business has a vital role in world development.

A British Labour politician and a Swiss engineer told the CCBI conference today that business has a vital role in world development.

Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and founder of the Solidarity trade union movement in Poland, today paid tribute to the role of ‘a small group of journalists’ in helping to overthrow Poland’s communist dictatorship in 1989.

Many Americans judge Muslim countries and the Muslim faith by the Taliban, by September 11 and al-Qaeda. Many Iraqis judge the United States and Christianity by the desecration of a Muslim cemetery, by abuses at Abu Ghraib and incarcerations at Guantanamo Bay.

Unresolved issues from the past are like buried land mines waiting to be triggered. They are not made inactive by the passage of time, there is no statute of limitations - ask companies who did business with the Nazis or banks who hold holocaust survivor money. Unless past issues have been faced honestly, and unless there is a willingness to face them again for the sake of people alive today, they have not been defused.