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Hamish commented on The Beog Puuto Project

Hi SOS SAHEL,
I have a couple of questions about your vision - first, what is new or innovative here?
Second, you suggest 50% yield increase and 30% income increases for "local incomes". What is the basis for these figures? 50% is possible, but a lot of things need to be aligned for that to happen. And how do you figure the flow of income to the community? Aren't a lot of farmers in this region subsistence? Where does the extra income come from?
Thanks and good luck!
Hamish

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Hamish commented on Terraforming Earth

Hi Johan, Very interesting vision you present here. It sounds very well developed and a quick google search shows me that you already have this running in a pilot format in Burkina Faso. I'm a little troubled though. This can be potentially transformative for smallholder subsistence farmers. They have the potential for a more balanced diet with it also. But the issue I see is for non-subsistence farmers. Their landholdings can be also relatively small (>1 up to 10ha for example). For this group and also those with even larger farms, how do they get enough produce of a certain food type to make a saleable amount? Non-famers need sources of food too of course. The biggest barriers here are related to scale - yes it can work for small holder subsistence famers, but how would you apply it to larger non-subsistence farms?
Good luck and thanks
Hamish

Hi Claire,
Certainly an interesting vision you present, and I enjoyed reading the back and forth between yourself and Paul in the comments also. As variations of fusarium can be quite dangerous to other crops (up to 100% losses), I'm interested to know if you can provide any more detail on the host-specific nature of that which you present here? Do you have some evidence of that you could share?
Thanks, and good luck!
Hamish