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What Will Happen If No Fruits of The Earth Anymore??

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
the nature??

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 :)

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Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on April 26, 2010 at 8:39am
Comment by NatNat on April 26, 2010 at 8:47am
thanks! :)
Comment by Thys van der Veer on May 16, 2010 at 11:49pm
How can this change? How will you raise the awareness?
Do we have any evoke agents, that can give ideas about diversification suited for that type of soil? And the climate circ***tances in that area? How can these people learn to understand the dangers? How can you /we raise their awareness?
Comment by NatNat on May 21, 2010 at 10:53am
We are now working on the modified approach. We have "key messages" of each issue (several issues concerning health and several others are education issues) that the community development facilitators have to discuss with the community, every individual, both adults and children, they meet everyday during the field visit. For example, during the field visit, when the community development facilitator meet or stop by at someone's house, s/he can start the conversation and lead it to the intended discussion about the sago trees or Areca catechu/betel palm that one day they will find no more available, if so, what will they do??
Still don't know yet whether it works or not. But hopefully it will. It will take time of course but if it works, there will be changes take place. We also think to collaborate with the children (the youth) who are eager to make difference, and some key persons from the community.
I know it will face challenges, as it is pretty difficult for some people who have never experienced famine or horrible disaster to understand the impact of the current situation and become aware of it.
Would be great if there is any idea on how to communicate in a contextualized yet simple way but at the same time has a power to trigger these people to think deeper or at least start thinking about the issue.

What do you think?
Comment by Jason Hill on May 21, 2010 at 4:59pm
Very nice post, it is a shame that in so much of the world there simply isn't the ability to "choose" a path forward, as they find themselves barely managing to survive and doing something different would not allow them to live. Even as businesses snap up the best crop lands the people "make do" by whatever means they can. Giving them the food security to choose a more sustainable path is a wonderful thing, but the systemic problems that leave them without the resources to properly feed themselves in the first place must be addressed. The examples of bush meat being forsaken in return for tourism dollars are good, but most areas will not receive the message and if they have no food for their children TODAY, they will not hesitate to do what it takes to survive even if that means there is no tomorrow - a choice of living today or not is the first one they will answer.
Comment by nomadHAR on May 21, 2010 at 7:36pm
getting the people of a community to diversify crops will not help anything. dead soil syndrome is NOT being caused by small family gardens and farms. it is caused by corporate overproduction. they grow massive amounts of the same GMO seed on a tract of land. this drains the soil of all nutrients for that crop, so they fill the soil with poison fertilizer. instead, they should use crop rotation and the 7 year rule (land should go fallow for 1 full year, once in a 7 year cycle).


@Jason Hill: absolutely correct. there are systemic problems that prevent people from helping themselves. so many of the missions are about giving people the tools to help themselves. what if they are prevented from helping themselves by deeper social issues and powerful international forces?


please think carefully about not only what Urgent Evoke (World Bank) says, but also what it does not say.

Comment by Michele Baron on May 21, 2010 at 11:01pm
@ nomadHAR, great comment. @ NatNat, I agree, if we can start teaching the importance of sustainable food production, and of community resilience and collaboration now, perhaps we can avoid a troubling future plagued by diminishing food production, and be better equipped to deal with other problems, as well. good post. thank you.
Comment by NatNat on May 24, 2010 at 1:56am
@ Jason Hill: you're right about the systemic problems. About the message and the resources.
The government has provided this area with 25 years special autonomy fund, and it's in a great amount. Though it's a good thing to support the community with great amount of fund, but without skill to manage it, it will be useless. Lack of education (educative message) and the distortion in transferring the vision/goal has been part of the elements that has caused the current situation to happen. The communities enjoy the fund disbursement but do not know how to spend the money and what for (determining priority).
When NGOs working in the area provided them with training and the resources to help themselves, many were failed. because the message has never reached them.

@ NomadHAR: yes, in some places that has been an issue. Thanks for the links. And thanks for the question, it does help me gaining in-depth knowledge about the corporation, and the deeper social issues.
Just FYI, there is also a gold mining company in the area. This has attracted the community to mine for gold. Unfortunately I'm not sure if there is also an effort to keep the environment being conserved.

@ Michele: thanks!
Comment by Victor Udoewa on May 27, 2010 at 12:18pm
As in everything education is KEY! So keep doing it. Thanks.
Comment by NatNat on May 28, 2010 at 5:15am
Hi, Victor! Thanks! :)


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