CROSS RURAL-UBAN INTER DEPENDENCE & CROSS WESTERN-THIRD WORLD INTER DEPENDENCE. (CRUID-CWIWID)
This is an initiative I have had to talk to a few people around, and currently developing a practical platform to better construct and begin implementing this initiative as the ideas keep coming. I am humbled therefore to put forward part of this initiative, as a solution in regards to this Idea Contest, in addressing urgent global challenges in radically new ways.
I must also say, I do like the phrase “BridgeBuilder Challenge”, as Our initiative or idea, greatly falls in line with this bridge building aspect. Our writing is further developed cross referencing practical examples, and other writeups, that have projected solutions in this light.
You are free to get back to us anytime should you be interested in any part of my idea or initiative; for current updates, missing files, more information, questions, or interviews.
We must as well, thank the GHR Foundation, for this enormous opportunity, it has put before persons and organizations with ideas, and initiatives, that can help change or address certain issues the world is facing right now. It’s unfortunate, this organization has no presence in Cameroon or the central part of Africa as a whole, but trust it soon would be making its presence in this part of the world.
We understand this is just an Idea, and can be improved at all levels. So, we welcome supporting ideas, and initiatives that add more flesh or sort to better what we have put together already.
Finally, this is an indicative of the summary of the Idea we have. We shall provide detailed guidelines upon request, and keep improving on this as more ideas come up.
How might we address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways?
We try to capture the initiative in a sketch figure, and put together the relationship between each group. We also illustrate challenges, and how these challenges can be mitigated, using this initiative.
I recently read an article from a western newspaper, which mentioned, farmers in the US, are facing a diminishing return in both their produce and income. The paper further put forth the need for such farmers to begin sourcing partnership with farmers from develop nations to meet up with demand and likewise close-up on sales figures.
From this paper therefore, I quickly picked up an Idea, that could resolve certain conflicts that exist around the world today. For example, while some nations are sovereign, some are protected by others. Obviously, this is done because they got some interest in these nations.
This idea therefore could be engineered further, to solve conflict related issues. For example, farmers in the USA, could see and benefit from an opportunity in Syria or in Sudan. This could be for example, growing a special crop that can be grown in Sudan, despite the poor terrain. Or, they could bring in their expertise to transform the terrain and make it productive somehow. Sudanese citizens are then encouraged to farm that cash crop.
Problems before partnership in the specific locality:
- Poverty in Sudan
- Lack of expertise
- Poor soils
- Poor living standards and bad health conditions.
Solutions after partnership:
- Poverty is reduced, as they begin to market their produce to these American farmers, who intend sell their produce to Americans, or transform them into other finish products and sell in Europe.
- American farmers deploy techniques such as greenhouse technologies that transforms the soil, or help the people produce food despite the terrain or climatic conditions.
- Hunger is alleviated as the people feed from the produce on their farms, or use the income the get from selling them to better their families.
- American farmers train Sudanese farmers or the local population on how to farm using the techniques, that best suits their terrains. Expertise is transferred to the local population, and they are thus empowered.
- The poor soils are then transformed, and plants can thus grow there.
- House income is stepped up. Living standards increase, and health conditions are ameliorated, as the means become available to cater for their health.
- They would be provided for, with good drinking water.
How peace comes into place:
- If the society such as the Sudan example is better off with the solutions mentioned above, this should be a strong ground for peace.
- If American farmer’s partner with their Sudanese counterparts, for food and other resources from Sudan, then they would fully protect that interest in Sudan. Similarly, if the rural areas of Sudan could fully partner with the Urban areas for food, then there would be peace throughout the country. On one side one serves as a source for food, and the other side the other serve as a source of income.
- Societies are interchained by one interest or partnership and depend on each other. So, there’s need to safeguard both their cultural, and their ethnic rights.
In a recent video, watched over an online news channel, one could watch the Maasaï’s in Kenya bitterly complaining about their lands that were seized, and they being driven out of their lands because some Asian investors had bought the whole place, and was fearing down trees and destroying their habitats.
Effects of such a wrong partnership:
- Trees are cut down, and thus deforestation. Our planet is in trouble.
- Habitats of that community become homeless, and thus must migrate to other regions.
- Animal habitats are also destroyed.
- Conflicts begin as a population becomes unsatisfied with the treatments the have been given.
What if a sincere B2B partnership was established, with an inclusive approach to involve the Maasaï people of these localities!!
- The company comes in and meets the people, and the sort ways to accompany the people in their locality both by empowering them, and financing them to carry out farming on their lands, and selling the produce to these Asian investors.
- The Asian investors, provide the necessary techniques, seeds, machinery and training.
- The benefits therefore become enormous to the community of the Maasaï people. The become prosperous, educated, and peace becomes the order of the day.
Referencing as well, the UN annual report, that establishes the fact that; “war and conflict displaced 65 million from their homes in 2015 alone -- that’s 24 people, every minute of each day in the year. Today, 836 million live under extreme poverty, and 783 million lack clean drinking water”. It is evident that continuous donations in terms of food, and other resources from the UN and other International NGO’s wouldn’t help resolve this issues faster. A more peaceful, and B2B partnering approach as mentioned above should be considered.
In other therefore for developing nations not to feel in the nearest future, this distress, and scarcity, they must engage into sincere, friendly and more win-win partnering relationships. Where organizations come in, and deprive local populations of the rights and benefits they now upload, it’s evident in the long run, this would lead to dissatisfaction, and thus conflicts.
Our mission therefore as Bridging Farms.org is to partner with these poor areas, and source out what opportunities they have. Then we can evaluate their needs, and partner with a corresponding organization, that can benefit from these opportunities. We then create a mutual win-win contract between these two, and coordinate associated projects in that light.
The picture above, seemingly, illustrates a greenhouse initiative. The women are dressed in a common wear, meaning they have been regrouped together to better access and be empowered in this farming techniques. Initiatives as such should be encouraged, and more external partnering organisations sourced to engaged in.
I strongly believe wealth begins by gaining knowledge about an opportunity. And one can only gain this knowledge by learning. The picture below illustrates students in a class room learning. It there is rural urban migration, and likewise less developed to develop world migration, then it’s partly because of poverty.
We can’t count the number of youths that want to cross the border between Morocco, in Africa and Spain, in Europe, or Greece, and Turkey on the other hand. Some end up being drowned in the sea, and others die while struggling to cross.
The question is what appropriate strategy has been put in place to cut down this continuous outflow of manpower from Africa, or other southern countries in the Middle East and Asia.
We get to ask ourselves a couple of questions:
- Why do they leave in the first place?
- Ans. Poverty
- Ans. For greener pasture, and better lives.
- Ans. To help their families back home.
- Why Europe and not another African country?
- Ans. It’s better there
- Ans. We have seen others survive from there.
- Ans. More jobs there.
- Ans. Better standard of living
From these, and a lot more, we could put out this solution or idea, that we think, can better reduce migration, increase income, and reduce poverty.
Sustainable Youth Development & Rural Youth empowerment
The reality of the under develop world is, the society, hasn’t been prepared to integrate youths and provide suitable jobs for them.
- Insufficient industries
- Insufficient resources for development
- Unskilful youths
- Inexperienced youths
- Insufficient technological and practical engineering knowhow.
- Insufficient opportunities for the youths.
- Bad governance, and inadequate willingness to generate opportunities.
- Western influence on governments of underdeveloped nations.
I recently read an article in a local newspaper about a youth that had become a millionaire in the space of 5 years. As I read through the newspaper, I discovered he had gone to an Agric-school and upon graduation, his mother took a loan an acquired a piece of 8 hectares of land in a village where he farmed crops and, and in the space of 6 months, he could make a profit of as much as 5 million CFA.
A few points caught my attention.
- The first, is he went to an Agric-school, meaning he was trained on modern techniques of agriculture.
- Secondly, he was trained in town, meaning the school he attended is in town, and not even in the community he farmed in.
- thirdly, his mother could afford a loan to get him started.
- Building Agric schools in the rural areas
Usually, in most of these communities facing poverty, health crises, lack of portable drinking water, and all other related causes, all three points are lacking. Meaning, if the youths in these localities, had access to or benefited as well from these opportunities, they would be empowered, and be able to self-manage the resources and opportunities around them, and likewise make good use of them. Again, the question of Urban-Rural partnership sets in. partnerships in terms of training, partnerships in terms of providing technical equipment’s, partnerships in terms of providing suitable markets for finished products both at home and abroad.
The role of Bridging Farms.
Bridging farms would therefore come in this capacity, to create the opportunities for the rural youths or people. Create the networks both for training, empowering, providing logistics and technical equipment’s, and much more.
It is true most of the less develop world is home to the biggest forest, in the world. In south America, we have the Amazon rain forest, and the Congo basin in the Central Africa sub region. But still most of these regions are still the least to benefit from the new energy technologies.
Like mentioned above, the business relationships and partnerships created between partnering nations of the west, and the less developing nations are sometime inconsiderate. For example, a deal is signed for a western company to cut down timber. Often this is without the accord or concern of the local population that make a living from these forests. No deal is signed for replanting of trees that have been cut down. On average, over 70% of the wood cut from forest regions within this less develop nations are exported to western nations.
The problem therefore of climate change, is political one, and can be addressed at the level of governments. If western companies can control the amount of wood the buy from these less develop nations, less trees shall be cut down.
Most organisations, often store up huge amount of funds for Corporate Social Responsibility. If three organisations could come together, and build a solar power system or related renewable energy sources. Many localities in these regions, would stop depending on the forest for wood to light up their homes, and for cooking.
Openideo, BridgeBuilder Challenge (2017), Accessed from; (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder/brief?utm_medium=social&utm_source=ghr&utm_campaign=bridge+ideas+brief).