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Friday, May 11, 2012


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I agree with you. Agricultural development to elevate what each country can produce for its own people is essential. However, it often seems that this is just a way to open up a country for development of monocultures that benefit very few within a country (e.g. oil palm plantations devastating Indonesian rainforests to benefit a few; vast soybean monocultures destroying vast hectares of Brazilian forests). How do you avoid that?

I have seen mothers and families who live, literally, in mud huts in northern Namibia, others living in the locations filled with the classic corrugated iron shanties using candles for light or stealing electricity(& these are not bad examples of shantytowns) Unless you address the linked inequalities of economics (locally & globally), environment and societal structures, just increasing money for agricultural development may not achieve much.

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