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Farm subsidy in the developed world is something that cannot simply be turned off. It is not going to happen. Quite often it is not a farm subsidy as such. Take for example a farmer in Canada who is unable to make money from their farm. This farmer will be provided with financial support, like any other Canadian (whether working as a banker, driver, teacher etc) to enable them maintain their high standard of living. Barriers to entering the market in developing countries are not limited to farm subsidies, i.e. where such subsidies exist if at all. How does Africa convince the rest of the world that they have food to sell when all the time reports indicate that Africans are dying from hunger, disease and malnutrition is rampant? The image that the world has of Africa is that of long queues of emaciated men, women, and children, bowl in hand, at a food distribution centre. However, if we really want to sell to the developed world, we can and it is easy. Only two things matter: quality at low price. If you don’t believe me, ask the Chinese.

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