Enough with western voices: 'experts' are fueling dangerous development myths

10/31/2015
The Guardian

Throughout the Ebola crisis, pages and pages were written about the good work done by foreign missions like Médecins Sans Frontières and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ebola deaths weresensationalised in the media but the African doctors and nurses who shouldered the greatest burden of the death toll were noticeably absent.

It was refreshing to read a few acknowledgements for non-western heroes in Time magazine, but this was not enough. These frontline experts deserve to tell their stories and they need support with skills to leverage available opportunities and communication channels. No one can tell the story of Ebola better than those who fought the disease first hand.

At the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security in New York, many of the world’s top food security experts convened to discuss everything from genetically modified foods and indigenous crops, to livestock, land use and climate change.