Robert E. Rhoades is dead. He was a pioneer of agricultural anthropology and wrote extensively on conservation of agrobiodiversity, especially how local people do it. His 1991 National Geographic piece The World’s Food Supply at Risk is a classic.
Crops, animals, wild relatives ...
by Luigi Guarino on March 25, 2010
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Ed Carr explains my over-compressed Nibble about his recent post on aid and development:
I was arguing more about how we think about adaptation, and who is doing the adapting. Obviously adaptations will have to occur in some systems, but I am concerned that development donors and implementers too often assume that all such adaptations will have to come from outside the communities and countries in which they are needed. And this is a problem related to how we see those in the Global South – a persistent narrative of poor and helpless that causes us to overlook their capabilities, and to overestimate our own…