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Poverty is not about money

It is about the lack of possibilities to be self sufficient in the fullfilment of one’s basic needs.

Today we talked with Nashif Ahmed in Uganda who has a few acres for food production and serves with it the lives of 15 children and a few elderly women. The only time he needs money is when he has to interact with the external world for certain means that cannot be obtained directly from nature. Think of a waterpump, or material to repair the roof, or a motorcycle to travel to school 14 km away.

Nashif is part of the growing FRE2SH network for regional food self sufficiency and resilience. We recorded his remarks and description of his activities for our FRE2SH online learning program through our #FDN partnership.

One minute video inspirations on sustainable human progress: food


Meet Maartje Kreike. She is pioneering with the foodforest in Eindhoven. On a large surface nature and human beings have been working together since 2009 from a food and remedial perspective, learning about the advantages of nature in a broad context. The objective is to integrate nature more and more into the neighborhoods for both awareness and local self sufficiency in our basic needs. Maartje tries to explain the nutricious and medical values of a certain herb to worldwide documentary maker, Joerg Altekruse. Maartje organizes workshops, does presentations, invites school children, works together with locals and caterers, etc.

A food forest provides abundance of nutrition for a population without the need to destroy the plants, the soil or the eco-system. On as many as 7 levels food can be obtained. In addition other life forms can collaborate to provide even additional sources, such as chickens, eggs, insects, honey, etc. The food forest is partner in the sustainocratic City of Tomorrow and FRE2SH network of transformative, resilient food initiatives in and around town.

Collaborative enterprises in food

This article, written and published by Laszlo Zsolnai and Antonio Tencati, starts with the following abstract:

The current and prevailing paradigm of intensive agricultural production is a straightforward example of the mainstream way of doing business. Mainstream enterprises are based on a negativistic view of human nature that leads to counter-productive and unsustainable behaviours producing negative impact for society and the natural
If we want to change the course, then different players are needed, which can flourish thanks to their
capacity to serve others and creating values for all the participants in the network in which they are embedded. In
the article, through the analysis of the Slow Food movement and the use of recent theoretical and empirical contributions in behavioural sciences and psychology, we support the collaborative enterprise model as an alternative to the still prevailing, mainstream business models. Evidence shows that caring and responsible efforts of economic agents are acknowledged and reciprocated even in highly competitive markets.

Our experience with FRE2SH shares these positive views of the collaborative enterprise. We do not share the views of the reciprocity of the responsible efforts of economic agents. In the idealistic world of honest economies these views are correct but we do not live in this ideal world nor honest economies. In urban and rural environments the dishonesty of speculative dealing with real estate, space, productivity and distribution, is dominating the processes. In FRE2SH we were up against the psychology of public laziness (blind supermarket dependence), prioritized speculative use of urban real estate for anything else than food, and the financially handcuffed reality of rural farmers in the destructive world of mass productivity.

The only way to break the speculative capitalist dominance is through a singularity crisis (huge human suffering) or voluntarily realising the handcufs in favor of the collaborative enterprise. The latter is probably one of the most difficult things to do but not impossible. Those who own space abt for food engagement, without any endebtment (the handcufs) to the system, have the free choice to engage in the collaborative enterprise. The more of such space owners engage, the stronger we develop our counter measures against the capitalist hegamony, in favor of human and planetary sustainable progress.