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Published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems: 22(2); 154–155. Copyright 2007 Cambridge University Press. Used by permission.


In what is likely to be a highly controversial book in global economic circles, macro-economist Jeffrey Sachs provides a critical analysis of current failed development aid policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the eastern block and the Third World. Based on extensive travel, consulting with governments, and practical experience with both successes and failures, the author provides convincing evidence that a major shift in assistance policy is needed to alleviate poverty in our time. Yet contrary to many who see the challenges in Asia and especially Africa as impossible to solve, Sachs provides an impressive agenda of practical solutions that can help the global community meet the Millennial Goals of reducing poverty.