One billion people go to bed hungry every night–a statistic that seems staggering. Although it may seem easiest to donate money or food aid to sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of people depend on agriculture for their livelihood but still do not get enough to eat, donations do not create permanent solutions. Farmers everywhere, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, need crop variety and new farming techniques that help them handle increasingly erratic weather. Not every innovation is worth investment, and many that deserve attention don’t have access to limited resources. Past attempts failed because they discouraged diversity, depended on chemicals, and ignored women farmers. Read more here.
Posted on September 29, 2010 by idasa