african eliptical machine

In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune, there was an article that naturally caught our eye: “Celebrate Boring Africa Aid.”

America’s foreign aid in Africa these days is taking a down-to-earth approach. It’s focusing on agriculture. Results are mixed.

On the plus side, the initiatives are cost-effective and potentially transformative.

On the negative side, they’re boring. The aid to African farmers doesn’t wow Congress or voters.

But, even though it’s boring, it’s succeeding.

Fields are being irrigated for the first time — with pumps powered by foot pedal treadle pumps resembling elliptical machines from an American gym. A picture of this multitasking shown above.

To get to the article, click here.

July 14, 2012