Aker on the upcoming famine in Niger. There are some positive signs that would make this a less serious famine than that in 2005.
Easterly outsources a definition of the G8 and G20:
…at which ministers from around the world gather to wring their hands impotently about the most fashionable issue of the day. The organisation has sought to justify its almost completely fruitless existence by joining its many fellow talking-shops in highlighting whatever crisis has recently gained most coverage in the global media.Meanwhile, Freschi takes down US maritime propaganda to keep US food aid policies that favor it intact. Their argument? Inefficiency: it's good for the economy.