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Food security isn't about a single meal. It's about long-term solutions. Indeed!
But what will happen if the community itself does not realize that these long-term solutions needed?? What will happen if people are still thinking that the food will always available for them, they just have to reap it from, for example, the jungle and voilà, they get the food they need for today, and tomorrow, they just need to do the
same because they know that nature has provided all they need to survive?? What
will happen if this condition keeps going without any effort to protect and preserve
What they are not truly aware is that it will in the end surely be no fruits of the earth if they do nothing for its conservation (considering the way people do the harvest). If this finally takes place, if then no fruits of the earth, what’s next? How can they survive?
That situation happens in many places, including the place I’ve posted to. The land of the people who are abundantly endowed with natural resources.
Second thing is that most people are not very familiar with diversification. What they currently do is just reap the harvest and consume it. Therefore they don’t even know that, for example, the sago can be processed differently and results different kind of food. Which in other side will increase its selling point.
So, before providing this people with brand new technology or very creative and innovative way to have their own garden, would be great if it is shared to them that those long-term solutions are undoubtedly needed, not only for them but also for their next generations. Then we can talk about diversification, garden, farm punk and its related stuff. And when we (the community and the organization) get to this point, we will definitely need those innovative and creative ideas of increasing the food security through many ways.
The efforts to raise awareness would probably take longer time than we think, but after this phase is passed, would be easier to mobilize the community.
My fellows and I, through the organization we’re working for, have started the efforts, through many activities, not only for adults but also for children (including youth), to share the vision that the natural resources need to be conserved for the sake of future generations, that they do deserve a future, a better one :)