Inspiration from Eritrea
I participated in projects aiming at introducing some useful trees like Moringa species and Jatropha trees to the area. This received the backing of the government and the process is continuing in its fifth year. But it is a process so it has to take time.
Working among poor traditional people living in a desertified, semi-arid environment, under pressure from population growth and encroaching modernization, losing ground to more modern incomers is never easy. It is not just ‘a job’ but something like a missionary work. Your magazines have been little windows made of paper which open into a world of great too many local technologies and farming techniques. These traditional faming techniques could stand for the local poor and when supported by politicians, for everyone in the nation as sources of food security. In your book I was able to realize the sheer diversity of indigenous farming techniques and their versatility in the face of uncertainty and insecurity. I found insight to understand my local knowledge and I try to introduce the example of other nations to mine.
Amanuel Ghirmay, Eritrea