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Born in the north western part of Uganda during a period of civil war, I spent my early life as a refugee child in Sudan (now South Sudan) and returned to Uganda only to go through another two plus decades of rebel war in northern Uganda. I went to school in Uganda and the USA and hold double master degrees in life sciences. My tough background has made me a strong advocate of economic and social empowerment. I am also a founding member of two nonprofit organizations: Africa Center for a Green Economy (www.africege.org) and Nested Savings (www.nestedsavings.org).
Well I thought you have encountered the real village food security situations in the span of career. Your question sounds a little alien to a typical rural Africa. If you really knew what people actually eat or go through in the greater rural Africa, you wouldn't be asking such a question.
Yes, I will be eating food stored in these silos with my family and community. It will still be an improvement from what the current situations are. The communities you know may be at step 10 but we have to take the first step before taking the second. Thanks!
Hello William, I am so grateful that someone of your caliber, experience and expertise has seen something in my idea (however clumsy) to provoke some comments. I am not an agricultural expert as you but a concerned citizen who wants to provide an immediate solution to a chronic problem and work with the experts to continuously improve on the gaps as solution to curb a need is provided. I find the language you use to seek information a little derogatory for a seasoned expert of your caliber. The points you are raising are very genuine and true, which I do appreciate. Ideas that carry some substance however small would rather be nurtured rather than bullying it out. It would be malicious to prove the potential of your idea by disproving another but would rather be great to build such ideas to harness the good in them. Thanks for all the feedback you have provided.
Hello William, thanks for the insights. We plan to establish a number of stationary storage facilities that enable larger quantities of produce to be stocked and sold out soon after shortage sets in. Managing for aflatoxins in storage for short time will not cause the amount of damage you seem to potray. Plus, the amount of produce stored to feed larger populations can not be sufficiently handled by mobile storage facilities. We however hope to remain flexible learning along the way as we try the idea.