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  • Stacia & Kristof Nordin
    ... From: Christine Chumbler To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com ; seanconchar@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 4:58 PM Subject: [ujeni] news Economist
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2001
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      Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 4:58 PM
      Subject: [ujeni] news

      Economist Intelligence Unit Country Outlook
      UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
      November 27, 2001
      Posted to the web November 27, 2001
      Increased tobacco production and prices are expected to lift economic growth in Malawi to 4.2 percent in 2002 and 4 percent in 2003, the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said in an update on Tuesday. It said that greater fiscal discipline and a larger maize crop should help inflation ease to an average 24.8 percent in 2002 and 17.3 percent in 2003
      This London-based Economist unit is not so intelligent as the name implies if it is suggesting an increase in maize production to ease inflation.  They must not have anyone here on the ground calculating the financial inputs of monocropped maize production; the costs of the soil destruction and other environmental losses from repeated maize plantings and increased clearing of land; the nutritional cost of providing maize as the bulk of the diet which only provides one of the 40ish mandatory human nutrients; and the resulting costs of bringing in resources to fix the problems created by all this (more maize, fortification, supplementation, etc).
      The thinking in Malawi is coming around and realizing the destructive focus on one product for all nutritional and economic needs, hopefully the rest of the world will come around, too.  There are sustainable methods to produce all that is needed, here or anywhere in the world, but we have to focus on diversity.
      Stacia Nordin, RD
      HIV/AIDS Crisis Corps Coordinator
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