I remember when I heard about ‘The Green Revolution’ for the first time, quite some years ago now, I was thinking to myself that it had to be about some kind of a capitalistic revolution* 😉
Let it be clear, I am a strong believer that Africa, and the developing world in general, MUST raise yield per hectar significantly and that it is in fact possible to implement structures that would make this possible. I can’t remember the exact yield numbers, but I once heard that yield per hectar in Denmark compared to yield per hectar in Africa was 10:1 – hey something is simply wrong here!!
Imagine what it would mean to the balance of the world if African farmers had same yield as e.g. Danish farmers (or just double, triple or quadruple)! Just take a minute and think what it would mean to highly relevant topics like food prices and food security!? Would it have a positive impact regarding security in the world!? Next, what would it mean to our common environment if sustainable processes were correctly implemented in Africa instead of the opposite!?
Lets come down to planet earth again! I read an interesting blog post the other day that I want to share with you. The post is written by Emeka Okafur (whom I met some years back in New York) who writes on Timbuktu Chronicles, who made TED a reality in Tanzania in 2007 and and and… cool stuff he is doing. MYC4 is not active in Congo, but I think that the following statement from his post is echoed elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. Emeka states with his post: “Urban farming more profitable than white-collar jobs for many Congolese”.
You can then argue whether I was way out of line with my capitalistic revolution??
*) Green carries a connotation of money, wealth, and capitalism, because green is the color of United States banknotes. You can read lots more about The Green Revolution here.