Quote: Originally Posted by Tonington
Just because you don't hear about it, doesn't mean it isn't happening. My college statistics professor has a project in Ethiopia, his home country. The first project was completed successfully; it developed a curriculum and expanded the class sizes for students to learn modern agricultural methods. The second project is ongoing, with a focus on reducing post-harvest losses and value added agriculture.
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Are you actively searching out information? It's out there.
It has to be on a large scale, to have surpluses, otherwise they are stuck when a famine occurs.Every part of the world has natural disasters, the prairies have floods, we're not immune. But African countries don't look for large, they are often very local, as someone five miles away speaks a different language, and then someone ten miles away speaks another language, so there is no unity there. Sure, there are some successes.
Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister
It is not quite as simple as you might believe to modernize agriculture. First, small inefficient farms have to be taken away from the traditional farmers. In a country like Egypt that would mean dispossessing millions of people of their livelihood. Considering the unemployment is already very serious problem in Egypt this might not be the best solution. The history of what has been called the Agricultural Revolution that took place in 18th and 19th century Europe was one of extreme hardship for those driven off the land. In fact it was one of the factors that drove hundreds of thousands of migrants to Canada and the United States. In Egypt there is no place for dispossessed farm families to go except into the country's already overcrowded cities.
Other factors in Egypt not having surpluses to export is the fact that it has a population of over 80 million people in a country the size of Ontario and that only 5% of the country is arable. Interestingly, Egypt does export some agricultural commodities, especially cotton, a product that cuts into the amount of land that could be used for food production, as well as a variety of fruit and vegetable crops.
It's not simple to modernize and their is great resistance to it, and in a country like Egypt, tradition is very strong, even if it works against the greater good. Those traditional, small farms are not going to be able to feed a growing population. A population that does not seem to be getting more productive, more mouths to feed with less land to feed them.
It seems to me Egypt's population is not going to stop growing, but it will not industrialize any time soon. They seem to be on a downward spiral.