DEAR NEW FARM:
I believe a major part of the solution to famine in Africa
lies in better and lots more farming activity. The “Hey
Bill…” article obviously makes sense for Senegal,
but does it still hold true if we're talking about, say, Lesotho?
Happy New Year, and thank you for your feedback. Farmers in
Africa and in many developing countries have in the past integrated
small ruminants with their farming activities. This has been
a common practice to maintain soil health and improve food
production. I believe that the concept and principles of regenerative
agriculture can be applied in many conditions. I personally
don't believe in “technology transfer.” I have
used successfully these principles in Senegal, Muritania,
Guinea Conakry, The Gambia, and Burkina Faso in Africa, and
in Guatemala. My experience in the Philippines, Vietnam, Jamaica
and Dominica also tells me that these principles can be applied
in Asia and the Caribbean, based on the available natural
Even within Senegal, we had to make some adjustments depending
on the rainfall, soil type, vegetation and crops.
Thank you again for your feedback and your question, which
is extremely relevant.
Director of International Programs
The Rodale Institute
us with comments, suggestions and questions.