This is in reference to Jonathan Power's article (Editorial Pages, May 28), "Lots of Aid for Africa: Will It Help?"
Whenever I hear any doubts concerning the effects of recent aid efforts to Africa I am reminded of the wonderful programs that are really working in developing nations to alleviate hunger and poverty. And as we become more and more aware of the true conditions, the programs that are working, as we develop ideas for even better methods, lines of attack, in other words, become more and more responsible for ending this condition, the question of effective aid will be answered.
Ironically, as we have discovered the huge need for stop-gap measures (i.e., famine relief) we have been able to see the even greater need for long-term solutions. Those programs that create self-sufficiency deserve our support the most.
For example, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) can empower a man to produce a ton of food every year for the rest of his life for about $200 in comparison to the $400 it costs us to ship him a ton of food just once. A great place, IFAD, for our aid.