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GSR Rural Development Planning (Part 3)

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Part three of a series of three presentations demonstrating the best thing about GSR projects is that they not only work on a small budget – they actually make a large profit while they help rural economies to grow.

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GSR Rural Development Planning (Part 3)

  1. 1. Practical Triple Bottom Line Development Part 3
  2. 2. Feeding Africa sustainably depends on … ©2009 Green Self Reliance 2
  3. 3. …small farmers ©2009 Green Self Reliance 3
  4. 4. For the last 50 years African rural economicdevelopment has been stagnant.Development agencies are trying to helpAfrica feed itself by introducing “modernagriculture” ©2009 Green Self Reliance 4
  5. 5. High tech mechanized farming is capital intensive, with high productivity and a low labor component ©2009 Green Self Reliance 5
  6. 6. But Africa has little capital and millions of unemployed people eager to work ©2009 Green Self Reliance 6
  7. 7. Small farms are capable of employing a great sum of people but subsistence farmers in Africa cannot compete in the global market ©2009 Green Self Reliance 7
  8. 8. GSR’s solution is small farms working together as marketing cooperatives ©2009 Green Self Reliance 8
  9. 9. Small farm holders more productively utilize the land ©2009 Green Self Reliance 9
  10. 10. and use more marginal land productively, when compared with large scale plantation ©2009 Green Self Reliance 10
  11. 11. smallholders understand the long-term importance of theirland as a productive asset, they tend to treat the land better from an environmental management standpoint ©2009 Green Self Reliance 11
  12. 12. This sustainability is enhanced by biodiversity—mostsmallholders raise many plant species, often ones in complementary relationships ©2009 Green Self Reliance 12
  13. 13. The small farm holder model is far more socially coherent and provide more mutual assistance and “sense of community”than plantation worker model—that is, more family values and village solidarity, whereas plantations are plagued with prostitution, substance abuse, STDs and many other social ills derived from rapid displacement from traditional village life ©2009 Green Self Reliance 13
  14. 14. Because of their small size and high crop diversity, smallholdersare more flexible producers, able to “turn on a dime” by quickly adapting to changing crops as the market shifts in terms of demand; by contrast large scale farms are tied to technologies of scale that are not flexible, like expensive machinery dedicated to a single crop—this in turn means small farmholders are less often caught in the situation of crops becoming too cheap to harvest. ©2009 Green Self Reliance 14
  15. 15. Small farm cooperatives actually enjoy asignificant price advantage over mechanized plantations ©2009 Green Self Reliance 15
  16. 16. GSR cooperatives stress buildinglocal economies. Only surplusesare exported.This results in social stability,phenomenal local economic growthand massive surpluses for export. ©2009 Green Self Reliance 16
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  18. 18. www.greenselfreliance.com 18

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