DON’T PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE

By Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem – Ghent University, Belgium

In a country like Malawi, where food security is merely a problem of producing a sufficient quantity of food, “food storage, food processing and stockpiling food reserves to ensure stability in demand and supply” should not get priority in action planning.

In a country like Malawi, where almost 50 % of the children are malnourished and recurrent hunger is due to droughts and floods, WE SHOULD NOT “begin to put in place robust and modernized storage systems, promote food processing and stockpiling food reserves to ensure stability in demand and supply“.

WE SHOULD INSTEAD help every Malawian family ASAP to get acquainted with simple, but very efficient methods to grow fresh food all year long at home, and that is undeniably possible by applying container gardening (see the multitude of examples published on our website : https://malawidevelopment.wordpress.com/2020/11/13/dont-put-the-cart-before-the-horse/).

These are my views after reading the following article :

Growing Resilient Food Systems Post Covid Is Key for Africa

by Mavis Mavis Owureku-Asare – http://www.ipsnews.net/2020/11/growing-resilient-food-systems-post-covid-key-africa/?utm_source=English+-+SDGs&utm_campaign=d04d8d8c35-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_09_03_44_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_08b3cf317b-d04d8d8c35-4620745#

Please read this article and tell me if I am wrong, or do you agree that “As Africa strives for food security, we should not let food safety be bargained for food accessibility“.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.