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The negative image of Community aid: It is not The Courier’s fault

An article in ‘The Courier’ no 122 of July-August 1990 on the negative image of European aid and cooperation in the ACP states estimated, on the whole, that one of the explanations was that nobody read ‘The Courier’, whereas each year hundreds of thousands of copies are circulated in Africa.

Without wishing to enter into a debate on the causes of this ‘bad’ perception of European cooperation in Africa, I would simply say that it is thanks to ‘The Courier’ that 18 % of favourable opinion in the countries where the polls were conducted (Senegal, Cameroon, Zaire, Madagascar, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania) was registered. I think, and a number of readers would share this opinion, that ‘The Courier’ is very much read in many ACP states.

On the other hand, we know the marvellous use its happy subscribers make of it as a daily irreplaceable work manual. The superb Manantali dam financed by the EDF which features on page 11 of the issue mentioned above is an undeniable proof that African decision-makers appreciate the EEC’s multifaceted and efficient aid.

The dam represents a great hope for the future of agriculture and of the energy needs of my country, Senegal, as well as for other countries of the river basin.

It remains, however, true that European aid should be redirected and strengthened, if not increased, to benefit, first of all, the rural dwellers instead of being directed towards the inhabitants of urban centres as it is currently being done in Senegal.

I would like to conclude by excluding the idea, which you seem to defend, that ‘The Courier’ is little read or not read at all in Africa. We read it, even religiously sometimes. I think the reason for the lack of information among African decision-makers on the achievements of the Community in Africa, should be looked for elsewhere..

Idrissa Dieme, Diourbel, Sgal

Keep up the good work

I am a regular and grateful reader of your magazine ‘The Courier’ published every two months. In fact, the topics it covers, backed up with thorough surveys and in - the - field reports on the ACP States, show the extent to which Europeans are working to ensure a more just international human existence.

The magazine has done much to enlighten its readers on the social, cultural, educational and rural development of ACP countries as well as highlighting issues that are in the forefront in contemporary Africa. Please keep up the good work and the publishing standard in 1991.

Mbah Immah, Kauru, Nigeria

Turning a blind eye to children who are suffering

Each day I see before me thousands of children suffering because the ‘greats’ of this world have other preoccupations. Yet the French Prime Minister, Michael Rocard, put it very well during the world summit on children in New York on 30 September last year when he said: ‘when a child cries, when a child dies, it is the whole of humanity that loses a part of its dignity and of its hope’

Through your magazine, ‘The Courier’, you do a lot also to inform people. I congratulate you for publishing in no 124 the short story: ‘Like a message from God’ by M’Bamakan Soucko Bathily.

Edouard Brucker, Secretary, Faith and Justice Network Europe Africa,.Strasbourg, France.

Peace and democracy for 1991

May 1991 be a year of peace and Justice, and of continued progress of democracy. May the oppressed no longer be, may apartheid disappear and the wars in the Middle East end so that the world can live in peace, happiness, freedom and brotherhood.

Joao Kuziza ‘Pacheco’, Launda, Angola

Dip immersion versus spraying

As always, there are some excellent articles in your September/ October edition particularly on crop diversification & ACP university education. However, one comment which I believe is relevant - and I speak as a former agrochemical specialist - surrounds the photo on page 79 of Jamaican farmers applying insecticide to a kid through a knapsack sprayer. It would appear that the animal is not being totally covered with the anti-parasite spray. It also looks as if at least part finds its way onto the unfortunate holder of the goat who wears no form of protective clothing or gloves and perhaps has to accomplish this task for a number of animals?

As a past Caribbean and African resident involved in stock raising, a well regulated dip site for total immersion would seem to be preferable and practical for farmers’ associations in future. Partial spraying encourages the development of parasite resistance and cannot be too safe for onlookers, spraymen or ‘holders’ of young and adult stock. Perhaps M. Chauvet of the multidisciplinary team would consider my comments.

R.I. Smith, Midhurst, U.K.