Guardian argle bargle

Jeez, these people just cannot stop with the cant, can they?

All the women belong to the Wapsala Association, a 33-strong agricultural collective created to boost local smallholders, ensure a steady, year-round, supply of high-nutrition foodstuffs in an area prone to chronic shortages, and help end the curse of malnutrition that affects about 44% of all Mozambican children under five.

The Wapsala project is seen by some Mozambican nutrition experts as a paradigm to be emulated in similarly disadvantaged areas of the country and other parts of southern Africa.

The collective\’s approach, rooted in public and international funding, contrasts sharply with the prioritisation of private-sector investment, as proposed at the recent G8 summit.

Instead of perpetuating the western focus on food security, the farmers of Wapsala provide a working alternative – what Graciela Romero, the international programmes director of War on Want, calls food sovereignty: a move to promote agrarian reform that favours small producers and the landless, and emphasises local markets and self-sufficiency.

OK, so we\’ve got all the buzz words. Cooperatives, self sufficiency, food sovereignty, local markets and it\’s very much anti private-ector investment.

And what is it that they actually want to do?

\”We would like to process other people\’s cassava but we have no capacity,\” he said. \”The South Africans want dried cassava and cassava leaves. Market demand is high but we cannot supply it. We are also expanding our nursery business with trees and other plants – they expand our fruit production. But we are limited due to lack of water. It costs a lot to dig a borehole. The nearest is two kilometres away.\”

They, err, want investment so they can export. You know, undermine someone else\’s food sovereignty?

So, leaving aside the cant what they\’re actually doing it trying to create a community of yeomen farmers who trade in local and regional markets. Not a bad idea at all but entirely different from that cant being spouted.

5 thoughts on “Guardian argle bargle”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Thomas Kuhn’s scientific paradigms at work. The Guardian is so committed to the Third World-ist socialist paradigm, they don’t actually see the evidence right before their eyes. They are (to some extent that Kuhn did not make clear) literally in a different world with different laws where words mean different things.

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  3. … and they want to tap whose capital to do it? What terms are they willing to offer to obtain it? How will those costs affect their pricing and profits? Might be a great learning opportunity, except for the rich world altruists involved.

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