By Mark Bradbury

In 1991, the leaders of the Somali nationwide circulation and elders of the northern Somali clans proclaimed the recent Republic of Somaliland. considering the fact that then, unlike the total cave in of Somalia, Somaliland has effectively controlled a technique of reconciliation, demobilization, and recovery of legislation and order. they've got held 3 profitable democratic elections and the capital, Hargeysa, has turn into an energetic overseas buying and selling heart. regardless of this exhibit of excellent governance in Africa, Somaliland has but to be famous by means of the foreign neighborhood. overseas efforts were directed towards the reunification of Somalia, which has failed, even after 14 peace meetings and foreign army intervention. Warlords proceed to overrun and destabilize southern Somalia whereas Somaliland works to construct peace, balance, and democracy. How lengthy will or not it's sooner than this African luck tale achieves the popularity it merits?

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The African nationalists only see an arrogant white group with decades of privilege behind them, while the conservative Northern press only sees prosperous white farmers in a sea of black poverty. But Zimbabwe’s famous white farmers were not born good farmers. Colonial Rhodesia (and post-independence Zimbabwe) gave them massive subsidies, training and other support, and it worked. The experience of both Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa shows that with enough money and support, although it is a long and slow process, it is possible to create world-class farmers – and that is a lesson which has no race.

When he returned to Mozambique in 2005, he went from Nampula city to Cuamba looking for the associations he had helped to set up. He found that most still existed, but that they were doing little marketing. Instead they were engaged in literacy and social activities. When we visited it in 2006, it was clearly the most fashionable association in the area. Seven local and international NGOs were working with it, helping it to register as an association, helping members to register their land, and creating savings clubs.

At the time, traders coming to their village were offering 2 MT/kg (8¢,4p) which the association thought too little. Two other associations in the Ribáuè forum were also marketing maize collectively in 2006. Perhaps the strongest point to be made about Associação Primeiro do Maio is that it does now look viable, both in personal and commercial terms. But it has taken a decade of intensive support to reach this stage. And the association needs a lot more support – credit to buy maize, training in management and bookkeeping to run its warehouse and mill, and technical support for the new crops it would like to introduce such as beans.

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