As is so common this article about land and agriculture problems in Africa spends little time on the only meaningful solution: population control. The continent wouldn’t have the problems it does these days if contraception, family planning and family size were treated as legitimate solutions and pushed by governments and foreign aid providers.
The same solutions need to be pushed to the forefront worldwide. Environmental problems and resource scarcity won’t improve until we limit our growth.
Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa https://nyti.ms/2u72OP6
There is an economic cost to keeping women in their place. It’s $95B in Africa. You would think that would be incentive enough to change but it isn’t.
The West needs to adjust their incentive policies for developing countries to favor gender equality, family planning, and contraception. Until we incentive the behavior they’re not going to change on their own. And the whole world will continue to have problems as a result.
Sub-Saharan Africa loses around $95 billion a year due to gender inequality, jeopardizing the continent’s efforts for economic growth, according to a U.N. report launched Sunday.
Deeply-rooted structural obstacles such as unequal distribution of resources and political power, combined with social institutions that sustain inequality are holding back African women, and the continent, said the Africa Human Development Report 2016 by U.N. Development Program.
If gender gaps are closed in labor markets, education and health, it will accelerate the eradication of poverty and hunger, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
Great use of military tech for conservation purposes. This is the literal embodiment of Nobodyisflyingtheplane.
Anyone as concerned with privacy as the staff is at Nobodyisflyingtheplane is obviously wary of the potential for misuse of unmanned drones, but we love to hear when privacy invading police state tech can be used for the betterment of all.
Why not take military style use further and develop remote pilot operation bases in parts of the world where there is a sufficient supply of skilled pilots. Then crowdsource the surveillance feeds to interested internet users who could review footage in their free time. How about forming a non profit to raise funds for remote aerial conservation efforts by developing a remote drone flight school and selling classes to retired Baby Boomers on Groupwise just as real flight schools do.