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Agriculture 101: Chapter 3, ‘The Solution’

Agriculture 101: Chapter 3, ‘The Solution’


Written by Malaka Gharib for ONE

In the last chapter of our graphic novel, Agriculture 101, we talked about what happens to African farmers during the hunger season ó because they sell all their crops right after the harvest, they have little money and food to last them for the rest of the year. But it doesnít have to be this way. Letís take a look at some of the solutions to this problem:

This post was originally posted by ONE.

Read the first two installments:

Chapter One: The Cycle

Chapter Two: The Hunger

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1:36AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

thanks for the post

3:38PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Not only good seeds, but re-forestation and windbreaks with drought-resistant plants like Acacias, can be a big help against desertification in sub-Saharan Africa. Also herding local animals like Eland instead of goats, which are extremely destructive to arid grasslands.

3:17PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Thank you.

3:09PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Another story in a long line that makes me wonder about Care2 corporate affiliations. I agree with an earlier post that the phrase "good seeds" sound like spin. They need another line about that in order to make their point, if their point is sustainable agriculture that helps save seeds.

12:04PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

??? I was looking for the punchline... Jyette, thank you for your comment, it is excellent.

4:30AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Capitalism SAVES the day! Note the part of 'checking prices' to make sure they get more money. Capitalism is AWESOME!

4:12AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

I am not over-impressed, sorry. I think this cartoon misses the latest knowledge in agro-ecology and agri-forestry where we do not sow seeds in line, but combine diverse food crops with indigenous trees and bushes, animals and fish, etc. And I sincerely do not hope that those "good seeds" are genetically engineered, because if that is so there will be no alleviation of hunger and poverty. Oppositely you will create social and natural disasters for Africa. Allow me please to refer you to the report "Agriculture at a Crossroads" made by IAASTD, and the latest report from UN's Special Rapporteur on The Right To Food professor Olivier De Schutter. Finally, traditional farmers in Africa, most of whom are women, can teach the agribusinesses and the scientific experts a thing or two about agriculture, food production, and biodiversity. Thus, perhaps it is time to cooperate with poor people, rather than to tell they what to do.

PS: In my best opinion if ONE truly wants to be an advocate for poor people, then they should help us end the spread of GE seeds, which only gives food monopoly to the Corporations and increase hunger and poverty

2:58AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

The going to get 'educated' thingy mostly rapes the right intentions.

7:07PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Good solutiions. Good cartoon presentation. Let's help the farmers and their families.

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