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About "Ag Universities"
There are 3 ways to help hungry people in Africa. Sending bags of food is one way, and while sometimes needed, it doesn’t do anything to solve the long-term problem and they will soon be hungry again. Another way is telling them how to grow more food. This assumes we know their countries and geographies better than they do, and after many years of colonialism and patronizing talking-down-to by Westerners, Africans are tired of it.
The third way is the one we really need: Building up Africa’s own educational institutions so they can research and develop their own agricultural improvements locally. Congress had a bill 10 years ago, which did not pass, that contained a plan for funding partnerships between US colleges and educational institutions in Africa. These partnerships would have built up the capacity of African agriculture experts to do their own research and development on agriculture. R&D is the key to agricultural productivity, and enabling Africa to do its own R&D is the key to making it effective in the African context. They’ve had enough outsiders coming in and telling them what to do.
It’s time for Africans to research what works best for them and then reap the rewards.
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