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Agriculture 101, Chapter 2: ‘The Hunger’

Agriculture 101, Chapter 2: ‘The Hunger’

 

Written by Malaka Gharib for ONE

In the first chapter of Agriculture 101 — our graphic novel to help explain the cycle of hunger — we described the sad, true story of many pastoralist families living in Africa. Once they harvest their crops, they’re left with little food and money to last them until the next harvest (you can read the chapter here). And what happens in between that time? That’s what this chapter, “The Hunger” is all about. Check it out:

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10:46AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

that's simple true. It's so bad cycle of hunger. It's never good

5:51AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:39PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Thanks

1:59AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Thanks for the poignant article. There are answers, we just need to look for them.

8:38PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Whole villages farming just one or two cash crops is indeed a problem.
The Pacific Northwest indigenous tribes have a saying that mekes such simple, yet profound sense.
They say that "parents should never teach their children the same things, otherwise they will have no need for each other...teach the siblings different things, and they will survive together forever."

Of course, then we, the outsiders came along, and we all know the story from there. Thanks for sharing this..1love

7:18PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Traditionally, farmers grow crops to feed themselves. In a local community, you can trade to get more range.
What's happened in many places is farmers now exclusively growing cash crops such as coffee, which has no local value for either home food or trading with the neighbours. Thus, when there's a problem with the crop, there's indeed no funds to purchase food. But it's very important to realise that that situation is already a consequence/symptom of an earlier issue.

This is just one example. There are many.
In many if not most cases, I believe that "the west" caused the problems through various conversions: of religion, choice of crop, farming methods. We didn't know better, in many respects we still don't - and we need to seriously stop being arrogant about that.

7:12PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

thanks for making us aware of the issue. graphic novel chapters are effective presentation.

6:19PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Thank you for this article.

5:26PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Know one should ever have to go hungry in this world.

1:54PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

There is absolutely no need for people to starve. It is greed of the Top Elite that is instrumental in causing want of any kind as the policy of depopulation is entrenched in the WHO agenda 21 wanting to get rid of the 90%useless eaters. What is not realised is that we in the West suffer from serious covert malnutrition brought about by depleted soils,pesticides, GMO refinement, processing ,chemicalising and preserving radiating and over heating. Throw medical drugs and toxic vaccines into the fatal mix and we are dead meat. There is a chronic disease epidemic of gigantian proportions deliberatelybeing orchestrated .Our Doctors Politicians and Corporates are killers beyond compare,but we won't accept that because we are indoctrinated to bow and believe in the morality to authority come what may, even if it kills us. That my good readers is the fatal trap.

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