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Nice gift from Gates, but Africa mainly needs free trade

Bill and Melinda Gates are donating $300 million to help Third World farmers improve productivity. This is great. Too bad, however, that the developed nations have all but stalled attempts to cut trade barriers so the world's rich people can actually buy what the poor people grow, which would lift them from poverty. Three-hundred million will go a long way, but an agreement by the World Trade Organization to outlaw subsidies to developed-nation farmers and end agricultural import quotas would multiply the good a thousandfold.

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