Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's trip to Africa, where she will emphasize the need to provide lasting food security by improving the continent's agricultural sector with American help, brings a welcome message, says Sierra Leone's ambassador to the United States, Bockari Stevens.

"I don't think Africans want to beg for aid. What we want is partnerships, private-sector investment in order to empower our farmers to be able to produce themselves," Stevens told a July 29 panel discussion on food security sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

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