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Why we may face starvation

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Akwaba, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    I read this article and it became clear to me that we are staring at the abyss and have no clue.

    The water woes in Mvumi seemed to coincide with the closure in 2004 of Hifadhi Ardhi Dodoma (HADO) project that planted trees, checked soil erosion and preserved forests and water catchments as well as reduce livestock numbers following massive deforestation that left behind bare and unprotected areas against the ravages of nature in general.
    Almost as soon as the project ended, local residents started felling trees for charcoal, opening up shamba plots and grazing domesticated animals in the reserved forests. This has occassioned to low productivity of maize, sorghum and millet due to inadequate rain.
    Within six years of absence of HADO, Dodoma Region is experiencing increased heat, outbreak of diseases such as cholera and typhoid as well as floods and change in rain patterns.

    Very few East African countries have a comprehensive tree planting plan. The two exceptions are Rwanda and Kenya. Kenya just got started.

    The middle east was once green.

    Deforestation - Historical Deforestation - Forests, Century, Forest, East, Extensive, and World
    Ever since the development of agriculture and settlements, humans have converted forest into agroecosystems of various sort, or into urban land. There are numerous references in historical, religious, and anthropological literature to forests that became degraded and were then lost through overharvesting and conversion. For example, extensive forests existed in regions of the Middle East that are now almost entirely deforested. This can be evidenced by reference in the Bible to such places as the Forest of Hamath, the Wood of Ziph, and the Forest of Bethel, the modern locations of which are now desert. The cedars of Lebanon were renowned for their abundance, size, and quality for the construction of buildings and ships, but today they only survive in a few endangered groves of small trees. Much of the deforestation of the Middle East occurred thousands of years ago. However, even during the Crusades of the eleventh century through the thirteenth century, extensive pine forests stretched between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and some parts of Lebanon had cedar-dominated forests into the nineteenth century. These are all now gone.
    Similar patterns of deforestation have occurred in many regions of the world, including most of the Mediterranean area, much of Europe, south Asia, much of temperate North and South America, and, increasingly, many parts of the sub-tropical and tropical world.

    Read more: Deforestation - Historical Deforestation - Forests, Century, Forest, East, Extensive, and World Deforestation - Historical Deforestation - Forests, Century, Forest, East, Extensive, and World

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    Gad ONEYA JF-Expert Member

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    Baba yetu atakwenda kuhemea na kurudi na vibaba. We won't starve at all! Our uncles in the US and Europe are with us for ever, teh
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    Nonda JF-Expert Member

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    umeshasahau muda hii,
    Kuna kilimo kwanza hapa TZ.
    Ulikuwa wapi tenda za matrekta zilipotolewa?
    Ukae tayari tu, mkao wa kula.
    Njaa ni mwiko TZ. Umesahau Tz ni shamba la bibi? sasa shamba la bibi hukosa mazao??

  4. Akwaba

    Akwaba Senior Member

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    I might have not been clear in my previous post. The middles east is desert because they cut trees to farm. They killed the ecosystem. The only reason large parts of the U.S. are not desert is they use fertilizers and water pumped in from 100-1000's of miles away. However oil is running out and the price is going to go up. There is a growing realization in the U.S. that the current system of farming is doomed.

    Russia has already started going around the world and poaching all the best sustainable farming experts. While the U.N. keeps on telling Africa just use fertilizer and don't worry about the rest.

    The writing is on the wall!