FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bill Gates dropping billions on farming in Africa, now how 'bout a little love for the fishermen?!

The Gates Foundation's dedication and generousity in Africa is to be applauded.  However, I would offer that in their quest to fight poverty and starvation they miss a large mark in the area of fishing.  Upwards of $1 billion every year are lost due to illegal fishing.  A large percentage of Africa depends on the protein from fish to live.

The development of a modern fishing industry around the ISLAND of Africa would go a long way towards not only feeding Africa but towards moving more people out of poverty. 

To do this though, we need to know:

What would it take to develop a modernized fishing industry?
What would a modern fishing industry look like in Africa?
How would it vary by region/country? 
What specific infrastructure is necessary in each country to realize the profits/benefits from a modern fishing industry?  This includes the inland infrastructure necessary to transport the fish to the consumer.
What regulatory bodies need to be in place to better regulate/govern the industry?
Are there successful development models elsewhere that we could follow?
Should the development of fish farms be tied in?
What needs to be done to stop the illegal fishing? 
How do we ensure the development of the industry is done in a sustainable manner?
What US/International companies/states/cities could partner/sponsor with different african ones to assist in the development? 

I don't mean to criticize the Gates Foundation.  I just hope they will see the unrealized potential lying beneath the sea, the BILLIONS that surround the continent.  And I hope they will hire me to head up that effort, haha!


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