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What should be done about the world food crisis?

According to the World Bank, the globe is facing a food crisis. This means that less and less people have "secure food" and prices around the world will continually rise. What can the world do to help the cause? What can you do individually?


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    Jul 2 2011: .
    Invest in African agriculture.

    1. This will boost the local food supply and free Africans from the obscenity of being net-importers
    2. This will destroy food politics (and the perversities of the useless "aid" industry) and turn Africans into food-sovereign people
    3. This will save the African environment as shifting cultivation and other destructive techniques are abandoned
    4. This will introduce a beneficial demographic shift, as competition will drive many farmers to cities, where they automatically make less children and where women are more free (e.g. fertility rates in rural Congo are 8 children per woman; in urban Congo, 4 children per woman)

    We need:
    -small investments in seed programs, in micro-dose fertiliser, in rural infrastructures, and in the distribution of equipment.

    The investments are highly profitable, but the creation of a good investment climate is a priority, else nobody will take the risks.
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      Jul 3 2011: This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing it Laurens. Most people think farmers need to be subsidized or that the global superpowers need to send more food aid to poorer countries lacking adequate conditions for sustainable agriculture. In reality though, investing in African farms would defeat the problem right where it stems. By creating more efficient ways for growing food in those extreme conditions, the crisis would lessen and investors would definitely gain profit. Again, great idea!
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        Jul 4 2011: John really do you believe in the US Governement paternalism? Really do you believe that you live in the first world? ...Really do you believe in the figures and statistics from the "World organizations"...Have you seen the US status in the happines indicators from the Edhinburg University? ...Do you believe that you spend your life in the best land ever found? Really do you think that we in our third world are waiting for the US charity?...Really do you think that the world cant be without US aid? We have thousands of years history and practices in agriculture. In the very same moment that US decide to interfiere in our land we start a degradation status from the practices on invasion in aid and charity disguise. You are naive about. Be informed in your own country archives.
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          Jul 4 2011: Jaime, I think you are misunderstanding my opinion. I don't think the US gov't should. Again, they should NOT distribute food aid to the rest of the world. I detest US paternalism. Discrediting World Organizations is a whole other conversation. What does it matter how happy the US is? I'm not happy with my country at the moment. That's one of the reasons I began this conversation. You seriously have no idea what I am arguing for. I'm on your side. Until you see that though I will regard this as a misunderstanding.
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          Jul 4 2011: @ John when you say " Most people think farmers need to be subsidized or that the global superpowers need to send more food aid to poorer countries lacking adequate conditions for sustainable agriculture"
          Can you please define who are these "Most People" ?
          "Global Super Need To Send" gives the idea how informed those "Most People" really are , with a very serious subject that you opened up.

          Again saying something like " I don't think the US gov't should. Again, they should NOT distribute food aid to the rest of the world." above gives the notion despite all the facts or discussion of TEDsters here your idea is still clinging to a belief that US is doing a great help to the 3rd world & actually that's not the case.

          Jaime is pointing out that only.

          We 3rd world people don't see those as "aid" that's why at the begining I brought the point of "Food Politics" & "Food as Weapon" and gave a link how US is doing so. US never gave any "free lunch" anywhere ever & we from 3rd world don't want "free lunch" also.
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          Jul 4 2011: Most people refers to the voting majority of the United States. I do not think the US is helping at all. I can't be any clearer than that. I don't know why I'm being so misunderstood. My idea is that the US is not doing a great help. That's why I replied to your "Food as a Weapon" post with "I agree with you."
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      Jul 3 2011: This is something that even ordinary people can contribute a little to through for example microloans on kiva.org.

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        Jul 3 2011: Brilliant idea Kristofer. Micro-loans have proven to be very successful in fostering entrepreneurship in developing countries. Thank you!
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          Jul 3 2011: Oh signore Barrios you fall in contradiction with your own words. The brillant idea from signore Kristofer is about small things as you in your own garden, harvesting your own food. The new technologies could be as antique as all we know in a coexistence with the new ones. Please be informed well about the subject that you put on the table. New an small or old and big are not binomial factors for tha analysis.
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          Jul 4 2011: John how can you explain from your point of view the steal of the corn and tomato seeds by Monsanto and Asgrow and the CalTech. They patented the seeds as their own property. The name of that is robbery not aid.

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