The purpose of my actual studies is to understand the complex systems of human-natural interactions in the road towards development. Specifically the multiple challenges in each sector and how these challenges are all interconnected in a complex manner, meaning that you can have positive and negative feedbacks that intensify small changes in one variable.
|If I eat one more plantain I will truly go crazy.|
When I first came to Columbia I was completely focused on Urban Agriculture and appropriate self-sustaining technologies that should help us produce all of our needs in a grassroots initiative. I remember one of my first conversation with one of my colleagues was that the single most important thing was women empowerment and girl education. I was shocked by this idea, a single magic bullet sector could solve things in the short-run. I argued back that for me there was no single intervention and that increased agricultural yields where in any case more important than who goes to school. WIthout food it doesn't really matter that you are teaching them how to use wikipedia.
The reaction was: "So basically you are comparing lettuces with women".
|School garden with lettuces. Girl enrollment has also increased thanks to a couple of interesting interventions. The answer is women and lettuces... and men and tomatoes.. and maps?|
I like women and I like lettuce but if god had wanted me to eat that much lettuce he would have made me a rabbit.
Anyway, those that achieve food and water self-sufficiency have a much greater resilience too any socio-natural disaster.
So start growing your own lettuces...
P.S. By the way we have been without water for two days already...