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Post time 2008-4-26 22:43:25 |Display all floors
Forced to Grow Coffee!

What does Ethiopia gain by trying to satisfy the alluring, but deceptive, western export market?

Listen to this heart-rending tale by a Ugandan coffee entrepreneur, Andrew Rugasira, He revealed that: "One needs approximately five grams of roasted and ground beans to make a cup of coffee that sells [in the UK] for £2, so one kilogram can make 200 cups, worth £400. Green coffee beans are bought [in the coffee growing countries] for an average price of 70p per kilogram. In other words, less than 0.2 per cent of the value of processed coffee is retained by the growers."

Where does the remaining 99.8 per cent of the coffee price go?
Mostly to the transnational corporations that roast coffee and sell it to the supermarkets and smart coffee shops of the despicable West.
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Post time 2008-4-26 22:44:12 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2008-4-26 17:34
Do you still believe Chinese are not "colonising" Africa? ...


Maybe you can answer this question, provided that you have enough courage to face the fact.

http://english1.mofcom.gov.cn/aa ... 20070304450661.html

Refuting criticism on China's oil cooperation with African countries, Bo said that statistics show China's share of Africa's total oil export last year only stood at 8.7 percent, compared with 36 percent for Europe and 33 percent for the United States.

"If an 8.7-percent share could be suspected as an act of plundering resources, then what about 36 percent and 33 percent?" he asked.
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Post time 2008-4-26 22:45:34 |Display all floors

Hm... the early 80's

Live Aid and "We are the World" - while Marxist government pandered and peddled for scraps?

Is that what our "Overseas Son of China" is waxing about?
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Post time 2008-4-26 22:46:33 |Display all floors
Cocoa

Coffee is not the only commodity whose growers are cheated out of the rewards of their labour.

A Ghanian cocoa-grower, told how in 1921 and 1937 Ghanaian cocoa farmers burnt the cocoa which they had harvested and laboriously dried over a number of days, ready for export. They had to run to cover it each time there was a raindrop and they had to sift it carefully to take out sub-standard beans.

That is how Ghana got its reputation as the best cocoa producer in the world. But at times, the farmers were so badly paid that they preferred to burn their precious crop, rather than sell it for the pittance the Western cocoa merchants were offering. That situation has not changed in 100 years.

If these farmers were paid a living wage, if the gold, diamond, copper, iron, tin and manganese exports of Africa were paid for at prices which better reflected the final selling price, no one would be talking of debt cancellation. And aid would be history.

But that is how evil the west has been towards Africans!

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Post time 2008-4-26 22:50:44 |Display all floors

Now, if forumites are looking for...

... an African's View on Chinese investment in Africa:

www (dot) julianhewitt (dot) com (slash) tag (slash) mail-and-guardian (slash)
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Post time 2008-4-26 22:55:54 |Display all floors

Hm...

Ghana?  The first African Country to gain indepedence in the 1960's?
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Post time 2008-4-26 23:00:02 |Display all floors

?!

Hm... looks like this person's website is a no go for publication at the China Daily BBS?

No matter - for those folks curious enough -  m g c o z a
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