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Diversification or Desertification?

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Monocultures will one day be our downfall – it’s a well-known fact in the agricultural world. Yet we are still stuck in this one-track, post-Green Revolution chess game, moving one square at a time, with the commodities reigning as king.

Many great points were made at the High Level Policy Dialogue on Investment in Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development in Asia and the South Pacific in Bangkok these past few days, but the one thing that stuck with me was when Dr. Keatinge of the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)  made the point that we dispense so much money into researching and securing staple crops, but “not enough on vegetables, despite their importance.”

While large-scale farming has its merits, it is not without fault. I think that after the conference over the past 3 days, it’s imperative to keep in mind that in order to address food security, health, and…

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