Skip to comments.Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say
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 ...
can’t blame everything on colonialism. Need more modern farming methods.
...assuming extremely high mortality rates and very low birth rates,...
Stop foreign aid.
They will have to start feeding themselves then.
The Mau-mauing of America has just begun.
stop sending food and other aid to Africa and they will be able to feed themselves TOMORROW!
.... i read an article about how China is colonizing Africa.......
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.
If it wasn’t for power hungry thieving socialist dictators - Africa would have been feeding itself for decades.
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.
They can, but how many times have they proven that they won’t?
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!”
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.
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.
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.)
‘Africa can feed itself’
Uh, yeah, sure and Nigeria will be landing on the moon this Spring.
So in 40 years Africa will be able to feed itself? That's just sad.
Yes, Africa could feed itself in a generation. But guess which country will be expected to fund the majority of that.
I bet if you removed all the Muslims from Northern Africa, they would have democracies and could feed themselves fine.
The technology is there, government is not.
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.
Do they know it’s Christmas?
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.
>> [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.
I seriesly doubt that.
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.
Still doesn’t sound like they are taking Sam Kinison’s sound but profane advice from over a decade ago.
...so rich a continent, such a backwards people
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Now why would they do that when the world keeps sending them food?
“Africa can feed itself.”
Then let them.
Stop the foreign welfare.
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
And once the government is there Monsanto will be close behind.
DING, DING, DING!
We have a winner!
And the list goes on...
PS The big names have plenty of corrupt underlings that need to go, also!
Whereas America is feeding off the next generation.
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...
I shall now cease thinking back to myself.
They can feed themselves? Never ,look at what they have done here!
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.
That never gets old. LMAO
I did too but that will be food that is shipped to China.
I did too but that will be food that is shipped to China.
Bookmarked for later viewing...
Africa was feeding itself, until the UN and communism started creeping in.
Communism kills, everywhere it happens.
When pigs fly.
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.
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