the porous city

/

/

email me

/

about

"We know what brings about a transformation of opportunities and it is not this."
A critique of, well, exactly what I'm doing.
The poverty of African peasants is not accidental: it is intrinsic to the peasant mode of economic organization. The very features that make the peasant mode of production appear attractive to jaded members of an industrialized society also make it unproductive. Large scale organization of specialized production, and integration into markets, are fundamental to the generation of income at a level that we now regard as necessary for a decent quality of life. We have been blinded to this evident fact by our own romantic attachment to the preservation of a society which is the antithesis of the modern.
I don't disagree with any of it. But the structural changes he's talking about require a really farsighted agricultural and industrial policy, which is not on the horizon. They also, in order to produce better lives in the near term, rather than in the glorious future, require a careful migration path. For most farmers, land is their only real asset. How will they be recompensed, resettled, reintegrated? These questions aren't even being asked yet. So I think there is a place for efforts to improve farmers' incomes right now, before any grand plans take shape.

The GMO thing is a red herring, I think he throws it in for shock value. The real issue is the move to efficient, large-scale farming.


last timestamped: 14:59:56 02-Nov-2009
in categories:Commerce/InternationalDevelopment, Other/Agriculture, OneAcreFund

Comment

name*

email

homepage

No html.

what's the second letter of your name?

Tech
Visual, barcamp, Storage, Automobile, Data, Wearables, Javascript, Hardware, Net, Medical, Collaboration, RSS, PIM, a11y, OS, Product Management, Mobile, Security, WRX, Open, Social, MacOS, Audio, Web, Crowdsourcing, Business, Development, Energy, Android, s60, Shopping, Web analytics

Other
Sports, Video, Travel, L.A., Quizzes, History, CrowdFlower, Games, Podcasts, Activism, Surfing, Transportation, Feminism, Minnesota, Friday, Berlin, Clothes, Toys, Bicycling, Personal care, Law, Life hacks, Food & Drink, Geography, Politik, Statistics, NYC, Agriculture, Housing, San Francisco, Boston

Music
Mailing lists, Musicians, Good tracks, Reviews, Labels, Videos, Hip-hop, Streams, Mixes, Boston, Lyrics, Business, Events, History, Mp3s, L.A., Making, House, Booking, Shopping

People
Enemies, Life hacks, ADD, Heroes, Health, Meditation, Friends, Weblogs, Subcultures, Working with, Gossip, Vocations, Me, MOTAS, Stories, Family, Exercise, Languages

Arts
Movies, iPad bait, Visual, Rhetoric, Desktop wallpaper bait, Sculpture, Spoken Word, Poetry, Comix, Animation, Outlets, Humor, Burning Man, Events, Literature

Commerce
Investing, Marketing and CRM, IP Law, Real Estate, Microfinance, Insurance, Personal services, Non-profit, Macroeconomics, Management consulting, International Development, Web, Shopping, Personal finance, Taxes

Design
Process, Type, Tools, Furniture, Presentations, Data visualization, Cool, Web, Architecture, IA, User experience, Algorithmic

Science
Statistics and Data, Zoology, Networks, Physics, Psychology, Environment

Travel
Kingdom of Siam, Uganda, Kenya, Vagabond '08

Photos
Photos I Wish I'd Taken, Friends, Moblog

Philosophy
Mind

One Acre Fund

Internet classic

Mathematics

Subscribe to this site's rss feed