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Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say
Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,

Posted on 12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST by jmcenanly

— Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.
The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy.

The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: africa; african; agricultural; colonialism; communication; continent; education; expansion; farming; generation; infrastructure; innovation; investment; marxist; poverty; selfsufficiency; studies; transportation
If Africa were governed by rational people, they would be able to break out of poverty. Unfortunately, the things that contribute to the wealth of nations, such as stable governments and the rule of law, are absent from many African nations. No one will invest in an environment where what is allowed and what is punishable can change at the whim of an unaccountable leader.
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1 posted on 12/07/2010 8:58:49 AM PST by jmcenanly
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To: jmcenanly

can’t blame everything on colonialism. Need more modern farming methods.


2 posted on 12/07/2010 9:00:56 AM PST by brooklyn dave (Support your local Tea Party)
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To: jmcenanly

...assuming extremely high mortality rates and very low birth rates,...


3 posted on 12/07/2010 9:03:20 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: brooklyn dave
can’t blame everything on colonialism. Need more modern farming methods. ...and less bloodthirsty black marxist and muslim dictatorships. In fact, that would probably go a lot further than modern farming methods in the near future.
4 posted on 12/07/2010 9:03:33 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: jmcenanly

Stop foreign aid.

They will have to start feeding themselves then.


5 posted on 12/07/2010 9:04:20 AM PST by GeronL
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To: jmcenanly
Unfortunately, the things that contribute to the wealth of nations, such as stable governments and the rule of law, are absent from many African nations. No one will invest in an environment where what is allowed and what is punishable can change at the whim of an unaccountable leader.

The Mau-mauing of America has just begun.

6 posted on 12/07/2010 9:04:52 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: jmcenanly
lol

a generation!

stop sending food and other aid to Africa and they will be able to feed themselves TOMORROW!

7 posted on 12/07/2010 9:05:48 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: jmcenanly

.... i read an article about how China is colonizing Africa.......


8 posted on 12/07/2010 9:05:53 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: jmcenanly

If the billions in aid and all the other assistance they have received to date are not working, I wonder why???

Nothing will work there until they wean themselves from their unrestrained and primitive blood-lust for pointlessly killing one another.


9 posted on 12/07/2010 9:06:01 AM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: jmcenanly

If it wasn’t for power hungry thieving socialist dictators - Africa would have been feeding itself for decades.


10 posted on 12/07/2010 9:06:11 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: brooklyn dave

If you look at their history, you will find they never had a civilization. Some of the excuseologists blamd colonization... but then again, America was a colony, Canada was a colony, Australia was a colony... all which broke away and became members of the G7... the most successful nations.
Africa never had a civilization which is typically marked by organized farming. I blame it on their political system and their crabs in a bucket syndrome, or PHD. If someone gets ahead of the chief, the community pulls him down.

Africa? So rich in resources but its the chiefdoms that bring it down. Not only that, they provide a barrier to democracy as once democracy comes, they lose their land, their wealth and their power.

And if the outside comes to change things, other Robert Mugabes will be there.


11 posted on 12/07/2010 9:08:04 AM PST by himno hero
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To: jmcenanly

They can, but how many times have they proven that they won’t?


12 posted on 12/07/2010 9:08:46 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: jmcenanly

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

This is a good one. Let me do the next one.

“We could build a ladder to the Moon, if it wasn’t for all those darned termites!”


13 posted on 12/07/2010 9:09:03 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: brooklyn dave

Rhodesia was a net exporter, and now......

Colonialism (at least under British rule) is not to blame, more the thugocracy.

India is now a net exporter, and gives some credit to the institutions left behind by the British.


14 posted on 12/07/2010 9:09:24 AM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes.)
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To: jmcenanly
Zimbabawe and South Africa used to be able to produce enough food to feed all of Africa by themselves. But Mugabe and his ilk have totally and completely wrecked those once prosperous producers.

If Africa wants to get itself together, it has to round up and get rid of the Muagbes. As long as the different tribes and groups allow that type of leadership, it will always be a basket case.

15 posted on 12/07/2010 9:11:49 AM PST by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: jmcenanly
Rhodesia was the breadbasket of southern Africa, cultivated by immigrants who'd mastered the art of raising food in that climate.

Zimbabwe is eating anti-colonialism -- and watching their babies starve. (how many tens of millions of deaths will it take to satisfy Chester Crocker, the American ideologue of anti-colonialism? Well, I guess he's cool with lots of starving babies, as long as they are liberated people of color.)

16 posted on 12/07/2010 9:13:38 AM PST by RJR_fan (The press corpse is going through the final stages of Hopium withdrawal. That leg tingle is urine.)
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To: jmcenanly

‘Africa can feed itself’

Uh, yeah, sure and Nigeria will be landing on the moon this Spring.


17 posted on 12/07/2010 9:13:49 AM PST by Leg Olam (A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.)
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To: jmcenanly
"in a single generation"

So in 40 years Africa will be able to feed itself? That's just sad.

18 posted on 12/07/2010 9:13:50 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: jmcenanly

Yes, Africa could feed itself in a generation. But guess which country will be expected to fund the majority of that.


19 posted on 12/07/2010 9:14:16 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: jmcenanly

I bet if you removed all the Muslims from Northern Africa, they would have democracies and could feed themselves fine.


20 posted on 12/07/2010 9:16:02 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: jmcenanly
If this should ever come to fruition (and that is a really big "if") then Africa has an American scientist named Norman Borlaug to thank. Most of the world is able to feed itself today thanks to Borlaug's efforts. Borlaug is probably the most important scientist this country has ever produced yet few know of his accomplishments. Borlaug was frustrated by Africa because governments were preventing the continent from taking advantage of its vast natural resources to move from perennial basket case to self-sufficiency.

The technology is there, government is not.

21 posted on 12/07/2010 9:16:12 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: jmcenanly

Post-colonial Africa has been an unqualified failure politically and economically, and has been propelled into bloodshed and starvation by the meddling of arrogant westerners, mostly through the UN.


22 posted on 12/07/2010 9:17:53 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican.)
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Do they know it’s Christmas?


23 posted on 12/07/2010 9:22:14 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: MEGoody
The entire story is summed up with only one word, investment.

IOW, send money to feel better. Hardly a new twist on time proven methods of raising revenue for the dictators in power. They used to be able to sit the fence of the cold war to raise cash. Not so much anymore.

24 posted on 12/07/2010 9:22:29 AM PST by blackdog
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To: fishtank

>> [I] read an article about how China is colonizing Africa...

Yeah, and they ain’t taking any $hit from tin-horn kleptocrats, either. Good for them. Stupid for us.


25 posted on 12/07/2010 9:23:32 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: jmcenanly

I seriesly doubt that.


26 posted on 12/07/2010 9:38:41 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: jmcenanly
Africa is a fine, sustainable continent.

The only thing wrong with this premise is the reality of the people that control said continent.

Africa is and always has been a place of mass life and mass death. The people there have adapted to this reality over milena. This fact escapes those who have spent their lives trying to understand causation and reality.

No Harvard nerds brilliance, or a Bill Gates trillion dollar investment will change a thing that is, to a thing that could be.

If such were possible that $hithole of cyclical mayhem and discourd would already be a paradise on this Earth.

They haven't even removed and sold all the scrap iron that remains of the tractors the UN has been giving them for generations. Instead, they persecute what remains of the white farmers who actually knew how to use them for something other than cover in a gunfight.

Intellectuals make me sick.

Drop their ass into Nigeria and let them talk out their nonsense with the people on the ground who make the real decisions.

27 posted on 12/07/2010 9:40:05 AM PST by mmercier (There is nothing that a hundred men or more can ever do.)
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To: jmcenanly
No they won't. No amount of money or technical assistance will help them feed themselves. The dictators won't allow it.
28 posted on 12/07/2010 9:41:41 AM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: All

Still doesn’t sound like they are taking Sam Kinison’s sound but profane advice from over a decade ago.

http://comedy-quotes.com/sam-kinison/world_hunger.html


29 posted on 12/07/2010 9:41:48 AM PST by jiggyboy (L)
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To: wbarmy

...so rich a continent, such a backwards people

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30 posted on 12/07/2010 9:43:33 AM PST by himno hero
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To: jmcenanly

And monkeys CAN fly out of my butt.


31 posted on 12/07/2010 9:44:40 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: jmcenanly

Now why would they do that when the world keeps sending them food?


32 posted on 12/07/2010 9:47:38 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: jmcenanly

“Africa can feed itself.”

Then let them.

Stop the foreign welfare.


33 posted on 12/07/2010 9:52:18 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: brooklyn dave

also need land reform
Its difficult to find tracts large enough to run equipment on
and then if you do you suffer raiders on the equipment or the crops/ livestock


34 posted on 12/07/2010 9:52:29 AM PST by himno hero
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To: Mase
In Mexico, where he developed semi-dwarf, high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties. Borlaug led the introduction of these high-yielding varieties combined with modern agricultural production techniques to Mexico, Pakistan, and India. As a result, Mexico became a net exporter of wheat by 1963. Between 1965 and 1970, wheat yields nearly doubled in Pakistan and India, greatly improving the food security in those nations. Yep! The technology is there, government is not.

And once the government is there Monsanto will be close behind.

35 posted on 12/07/2010 9:55:08 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Triple
"If it wasn’t for power hungry thieving socialist dictators - Africa would have been feeding itself for decades."

DING, DING, DING!

We have a winner!

Mugabe

Mobutu

Amin

Bokassa

And the list goes on...

PS The big names have plenty of corrupt underlings that need to go, also!

36 posted on 12/07/2010 9:57:07 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites" - Charles Krauthammer)
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To: jmcenanly
Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

Whereas America is feeding off the next generation.

37 posted on 12/07/2010 9:58:05 AM PST by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: jmcenanly

How do you fix a hell hole like this?

I often try to imagine Bill Gates or someone with $1billion just starting in one carner and expanding outward- you hire locals to build roads and houses, then they get to buy them and live in them while they work building more houses, and water treatment plants and etc etc

Start businesses... all the while expanding the territory outward with a HUGE security force on the perimeter with orders to shoot to kill anything that crosses without permission

I dont know...


38 posted on 12/07/2010 9:59:37 AM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' you would be worse than grabbing your balls!)
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To: mmercier
It would be interesting to compare the mass human slaughters on the continent in relation to the cyclical mass animal population/migration/decimation's. We can now do this easily, not that any genius would care to.

I shall now cease thinking back to myself.

39 posted on 12/07/2010 10:01:50 AM PST by mmercier (The Angel opens her eyes)
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To: jmcenanly

They can feed themselves? Never ,look at what they have done here!


40 posted on 12/07/2010 10:07:23 AM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: SparkyBass

I was working famine relief in East Africa back in 1980-81.

Three times I had other relief workers (US or European) tell me they had overheard the local women saying:

“If we get a good harvest next year, let’s don’t save any, let’s make it all into BEER! If we run out of food, these folks will come back and feed us again.”

Different tribes, different countries. Same attitude.


41 posted on 12/07/2010 10:08:01 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites" - Charles Krauthammer)
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To: jiggyboy

That never gets old. LMAO


42 posted on 12/07/2010 10:15:45 AM PST by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: fishtank
".... I read an article about how China is colonizing Africa......."

I did too but that will be food that is shipped to China.

43 posted on 12/07/2010 10:22:52 AM PST by blam
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To: fishtank
".... I read an article about how China is colonizing Africa......."

I did too but that will be food that is shipped to China.

44 posted on 12/07/2010 10:23:01 AM PST by blam
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To: jiggyboy

Bookmarked for later viewing...


45 posted on 12/07/2010 10:27:12 AM PST by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: jmcenanly
— Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.

Africa was feeding itself, until the UN and communism started creeping in.

Communism kills, everywhere it happens.

46 posted on 12/07/2010 10:27:36 AM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: jmcenanly

When pigs fly.


47 posted on 12/07/2010 10:28:21 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: brooklyn dave

Need more modern farming methods....Wrong. Modern farming methods WERE introduced during Colonialism, but the tribal system was threatened and rejected, totally. If a tribes was rich enough to get out, the other tribes would be subjegated. There is no way for Africa to improve unless the tribal situation is destroyed.


48 posted on 12/07/2010 10:33:38 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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