Monthly Archives: March 2014

Food Aid,Delays Agricultural Development

The western countries are fun of sending food aid to developing countries with intension of alleviating poverty, but they are instead doing more harm than good.

Food aids often end up with the wrong persons,i.e the rich who do not need the food at all,the innitiative by western countries can however be transformed into something profitable,evalasting.

This food aid by international bodies has instead harmed the poor,econimists will understand with me that by increasing the local supply of food, such aid may depress prices and thus undercut the income of rural farmers in the recipient nations, for example; it also may discourage local production. And, since the poor often are concentrated in rural areas, food aid in fact may disproportionately hurt the poor.

US Soldiers Giving Food Aid to Afghans. Picture by Paavan Gami

US Soldiers Giving Food Aid to Afghans.
Picture by Paavan Gami

Food aid can take several forms and i humbly suggest to any of these giant nations reading this piece to promote agriculture by transforming food aid to constructing farm to market roads so that the farmers will be able to transport food to the city for sales.

Huge quantities of food perish in rural areas because of lack of farm to market roads.These nations should be able to first of all know whether it is good to give someone fish or teach him how to fish.

They could also create a laison between researchers and farmers because most research carried out in the agricultural sector often end up in cupboards without being utilised.

According to Global Policy Forum,GPF,this food aid has suffered a great blow because
.It is not enough
.Unevenly Distributed
.Tied to Donor’s Domestic Production and Shipping
. Too Slow and Badly Timed
. Not Targeted to People in NeedVolatile
. Quantities Not Responding to Global Need
.Disrespectful of Local Diets and Genetically Modified

In all what these poor countries need is farm to market roads,follow up research to boost their agricultural out put.
And its haigh time these countries start asking the question,does sending food aid to struggling nations do more harm than good?

By Nfor Hanson Nchanji


Pastoral Farming, an option for Young Farmers

Pastoral farming which can also be called livestock farming or grazing is farming aimed at producing livestock, rather than growing crops. But the farmers may grow crops to feed their livestock.

This includes areas such as dairy farming, raising beef cattle, and raising sheep for wool.
Pastoral farmers are also known as graziers and in some cases pastoralists.

This article seeks to emphasis the importance of pastoral farming especially to farming groups that are just seeing the sun of day and struggling to grow.
This sector of agriculture is very productive and needs attention.It is important to note that the milk we consume today and other dairy products come from this domain. Products such as meat, butter, cheese and wool constitute major export in some countries like in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and the Western United States, and Canada.

Pigs confined in metal and concrete pens
In ACP countries Common initiative groups, CIGs, are yet to know the benefits this sector brings provided the animals grazed are well taken care of.
Of recent some individuals have come to understand the importance and are bent on helping others.
For example in Cameroon a CIG,SHAUMAS, has taken upon itself to donate animals to some 400 young farmers and females in an operation one woman, one sheep or pig.

The beneficiaries have been asked to bring a new breed next year 2015 so that the next group takes the relay.
I think this is how the society needs to work to increase and improve on the level of agriculture.
Pastoral farming is a huge option for youths, CIGs; who want to excel in future. But is not just about daring in this sector, the need to have a good grazing land, feeds for animals and vaccinating animals are very primordial.

Government Intervention

The government too has a great role to play, there is need for subvention to farmers, in case of intensive farming, these farms use machines and new technologies to become as efficient and cost-effective as possible, an example being the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation.