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Britain, Africa and Agriculture – who benefits? LIDC-RAS debate at the Parliament

Britain’s non-aid policies and activities in Africa can have a far greater impact on the economies and governance of African countries than official development aid.

Against this backdrop, LIDC and its partner Royal African Society (RAS) organised a debate on ‘Britain, Africa and Agriculture – Who benefits?’ hosted at the UK Parliament.

The debate, moderated by Richard Dowden, the Director of RAS, featured prominent experts on Africa and agriculture: Christie Peacock, former CEO, FARM-Africa and Chairman at Sidai Africa Ltd; Mark Thomas, Project Director of DFID’s Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund, and Director for Rural Development at Nathan Associates London Ltd; and Karima Ola, Managing Director of the African Development Corporation.

The speakers discussed, among others, whether Britain’s relationship with Africa is dictated by aid, whether turning Africa into a food exporter is helpful to African economic development, whether EU subsidies are hurting Africa’s export market, and others.

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