Thursday, December 18, 2014

Enset: The Tree Against Hunger

This week we take a look at an article highlighting enset. Enset, a cousin of the banana tree, is a native plant to Ethiopia and can provide many benefits to the region and it's people. Read over the article: Solving Hunger in Ethiopia by Turning to Native Crops then use the discussion questions below to guide your conversations. At the end of the article there is a short two minute video that discusses some additional initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why is enset such a valuable crop in sub-Saharan Africa? Consider diets, other crops, soil, hunger, etc.
  2. The article mentioned that enset does not have the potential to raise farmers out of poverty. Why is this?
  3. How do sub-Saharan African farms yields compare to yields around the world? Be specific.
  4. Kippie warns against fully committing to "green revolution" practices. What is his reasoning?

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