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Let's see. The implication of rural aviation in Africa is that subsistence farmers (they could be nothing else because, hey, no transportation infrastructure) should start growing something of high enough value to warrant air transport. That would be exotic mangos or flowers, most likely. These valuable yet inedible items would be loaded onto airplanes coming and going between a handy international cargo airport built in the middle of nowhere and I suppose somewhere in Europe. The planes would return loaded with what, exactly? What kind of food will these farmers be able to buy with their earnings so that they can feed their families? Anything worth putting on a plane from Europe to their fine new airport would be  no damn good to eat, and they couldn't afford it anyway. But makes economic sense for the flower merchants. They could undercut those greedy producers in Nairobi. Until, that is, the locals all starved.
by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Mon Apr 14th, 2008 at 12:46:01 AM EST
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