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TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURE: THE REJECTED PILLAR OF MODERN SOCIETY?

Jun 22, 2014   //   by Arrey Echi   //   Blog  //  Comments Off

We are all aware of this very popular saying of the rejected corner stone becoming the most important pillar that holds up the building. This saying fits all spheres of society. Black sheep become saving graces of families and obscure ideas become all time winners.

Mankind was made to cultivate the land and live off its produce. Following the mixed blessings of the so called industrial revolution, the agrarian age opened up opportunities to blue and white collar jobs. Families would henceforth frown upon any of theirs whose aspirations fell short of blue and white collar jobs.

Thus, kids were trained to aspire to be engineers, medical doctors, technocrats and very few would dare their children to continue in agricultural research and farming in general.

Every one dreamed of sitting behind a plush desk with ears on cords connected to the rest of the industrial and technological world with secretaries running hither and thither to do their biddings. Farming and dirtying the hands were considered the job for college drop outs and the less ambitious. Since when did our stomachs cease having a craving for food on a daily basis?

The industrial age ushered in new methods of farming, and today artificial food has replaced natural food production on almost all every rural settlement around the world. Agricultural activities which were once the major means of livelihood have been relegated to second position. Fortunately a few brave hearted persons have taken on the challenge of revisiting the past and persist in cultivating food the way it was supposed to be done; by scooping a little dirt under their fingers and braving the elements, mother earth has lavishly crowned their toils with enough sun, dew and rain.

The increasing risk of people dying from diseases caused by consuming over processed food or developing lifelong threatening situations is making many question the wisdom of neglecting conventional agriculture in favour of chemical-based agriculture. Furthermore, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which has among its goals making food accessible to the billions of earth’s inhabitants begs answers to this one question: if this lofty goal is to be achieved where will the food come from?

Many scientists and ordinary men have concluded that this goal can only be attained by investing in a mechanized form of agriculture that relies on time tested and safest way of producing food: cultivating the land humankind has been blessed with and planting the most natural seeds which give better yields under very controlled conditions.

Increasing number of people and organizations are turning their attention to this hitherto neglected cornerstone. Operations Go Green and Green Revolution that has been carried out in many countries around the world testifies to the important role agriculture plays in the economy and the society at large. So why not get a little dirt under those fingers? Get a little sweat along those brows and feel a little groan on those old bones as you till your way towards ensuring your well being now while ensuring that of future generations?

AMIS Cameroon invites you to join the bandwagon and invest in agriculture today, and ensure food security for future generations. For truly this rejected corner stone is always proving it remains the most important pillar to ensure our collective survival as a race.

You can support the work we do by making a donation to the link below: We give you three interesting poems for every 10 USD  you donate.

http://amis-cameroon.org//wp-content/uploads/poems.html

Not Every Man is Evil

May 12, 2014   //   by Admin   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

 

African children born and raised in Europe and the Americas grow up knowing nothing about the history of their homelands. Ask them about Um Nyobe and they mistake that name for a new dialect supposedly spoken by some primitive civilization wiped out of existence.

But growing up as kids back home, we their parents were forced to study the histories of EUROPE, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST, THE AMERICAS.We studied for , sat for and passed foreign exams whose history celebrated villains and heroes of these countries.

Yet I bet you the native children from these countries above know nothing about the History of Black Folks in the New World. . They know nothing about the exploits of Emperor Sundiata Keita of Mali, they know nothing about  the riches of another Malian King Mansa Musa , they have never heard about global  markets fair trade practices in the old Ghanaian capital of Kumbi Saleh and shall never have their ears tickled by educative Folk Stories that constitute the rich oral literature and tradition of the African people.

What they grow up learning are strings of carefully selected adjectives whose reference to BLACK include negativities such as : BLACKLIST, BLACK HOLE, BLACK FRIDAY, BLACK TOWNSHIPS, BLACKMAIL and all that says BLACK is Bad.

Even to this time and age, artists still paint Angels as WHITE and the Devil as BLACK.

Nothing has changed since Muhammed Ali gave the interview in  this video.Did you notice how uneasy the interviewer felt throughout this interview? Muhammed Ali dished out verbal punches of plain truth right in front of the prying TV Cameras. What a thrill to hear Ali mock the same people whose intent was to make a mockery of him on TV.

Going back in time it is sad to see that things have simply morphed from that outright atmosphere of discrimination to a subtle WE OWN YOU attitude. The sad thing is our own children have taken in so much of this brainwashing that they become apologists on our behalf whenever we decry this unfair system that consistently persists in applying the Jim Crow Laws within a supposedly free world.

Yesterday our great grand fathers were flogged by Slave masters in front of their family. But today the same children of the afore- mentioned masters tell parents not to set limits or restrictions to what our children should or should not do: they argue that our actions will harm the child’s fragile psychological growth. Did they think of the psychological harm they caused to the children whose parents they flogged like snakes before the whole family?

I believe in a Fair God, who doesn’t discriminate . I owe my existence and life to that God alone. Hence I postulate without fear that Nobody owns me or my thoughts, because even my Great God gave me freedom to think and choose.

On another note, some of us find it very insulting when an employer or recruiter mindful of the worth and value you represent for the company decides, albeit shamelessly to look the other way that irrespective of your outstanding vocational  education and vast  years of experience you are better off being a taxi driver or cleaner while one of theirs with nothing more than the knowledge to read and spell their nameso and zero years of experience gets the nod for the job while all you receive is the classic copy of  rejection penned two centuries ago that reads thus:

“Thank you for your interest in applying .We must inform you that the position has been filled by a more worthier candidate.”

If ever you received such a letter, don’t worry or feel worthless. Just know that the bloke who sent you that insulting message just appointed another bloke like themselves to fill the position. Little wonder why such hirings often fail to meet up competition from companies that hire workers for their worth and not by their relationship.

All through my life, I learnt this basic bitter reality: that it takes a certified surgeon relegated by society to the position of  a cab driver to pick up a patient, and drive them to meet their death at the hands of a crappy surgeon who lacks the professional experience . And until society gets its priorities right, the real surgeons shall continue being cab drivers and cleaners while a majority of inexperienced death-dealing surgeon prowl the chess board Society’s high-handed double standards..

 


 

SOME UNREASONABLE THOUGHTS : PART 1

Jan 16, 2012   //   by Admin   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  1 Comment

No entrepreneur comes to the Unreasonable Institute’s Marketplace with a Perfect Business Idea or Perfect Business Plan. If one pretends to have any of these, then the 6week Unreasonable Institute Environment is Not for Them.

Every idea on the Marketplace is a humble reminder of why the Unreasonable Institute Exists: Take Crude Business Ideas, Refine them over 6 weeks and Roll out Top-Notch Business Executives capable of attracting Investments from audiences they would never have met even in their wildest fantasies.

The Question then is : Is Crude Oil Ready for Machine Consumption?

The Unreasonable Institute Market Place 2012

Jan 4, 2012   //   by Admin   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Teju Ravilochan, Co-Founder and VP Partnerships and Communication, The Unreasonable Institute
303-589-2144, www.unreasonableinstitute.org, teju@unreasonableinstitute.org

46 ENTREPRENEURS OVERCOMING GLOBAL CHALLENGES PROVE THEIR METTLE THROUGH CROWDSOURCING

Boulder, Colorado – January 2, 2012 – Forty-six entrepreneurs hailing from 25 countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Netherlands, Chile, Palestine, and the United States, vie for twenty-five spots in the Unreasonable Institute, a six-week accelerator for companies overcoming social and environmental challenges. These forty-six finalists have already gotten through two rounds of vetting, outlasting over 300 applicants from 55 countries. And they face one final test: raising the $10,000 it costs to attend the Unreasonable Institute in 50 days in successively increasing small increments. The first 25 to succeed gain admission to the program.

Getting into the Unreasonable Institute program means living under one roof with two dozen entrepreneurs from around the world for six weeks, while learning from 50 mentors ranging from HP’s CTO Phil McKinney to Paul Polak, who’s enabled over 19 million farmers to move out of poverty. It means being able to form relationships with 20 major funds like Acumen Fund, Calvert, and Good Capital and dozens of angel investors. The six-week program culminates with a massive pitch event in front of hundreds of potential funders and supporters, after which entrepreneurs join a network of nearly 200 partner organizations. Nathaniel Koloc, one of last year’s “Unreasonable Fellows” said of his experience: “we got more done in 6 weeks than we would have in a year.” His venture, ReWork, quadrupled its monthly revenue, scaled to a second city, and secured two mentors for its board.

But why ask entrepreneurs to crowdfund $10,000 to get in? “If you’re going to hire someone for a sales position at your company, you ought to look at their sales record or ask them to sell you something,” explains Unreasonable Institute Director Megha Agrawal.

The Unreasonable Institute is  asking its  entrepreneurs to show them that they can make the ask, that they can mobilize hundreds of supporters, that they can raise capital. That is why we at AMIS-Cameroon shall need your support with effect from January 17th 2012.

The 48 entrepreneurs that have gone through the Unreasonable Institute so far have raised $375,000 total on the Marketplace just within 50 days!  So you see, it works. “We’ve had former child soldiers from Liberia, Nigerian farmers, Pakistani villagers, Congolese refugees, McKinsey consultants, and MIT grads raise the money successfully,” says Agrawal.

To make sure to the challenge doesn’t fall prey to the “Rich Uncle Problem” – where a wealthy benefactor dumps all the money on an entrepreneur at once – there are weekly contribution caps. “In the first week, the entrepreneurs cannot receive contributions larger than $10,” says Agrawal. That limit goes to $50 in the second week, $100 in the third week, and so on. “So entrepreneurs have to form a small movement of hundreds of people to get in.” Would you go this journey with AMIS-Cameroon and enable us seal the deal within the first 3 weeks of the MarketPlace Lunching?

In the Unreasonable Institute’s last Marketplace, Ugandan entrepreneur Moses Sanga was initially skeptical of his ability to raise $8,000 (the cost in 2011). He started his company, Eco-Fuel Africa, enabling villagers to turn agricultural waste into a clean burning fuel source, with only $500. “How do these people expect a guy like me from a remote village in Africa, with no rich friends or relatives and with limited access to the internet to raise $8,000?” he said he wondered at first. “No one in my entire village even knew what a credit card is and the nearest place to access internet was 17 kilometers away.” Despite his father telling him not to waste his time, Moses decided to give it a try anyway. He walked the 17 kilometers and spoke with CEOs of local businesses. “I simply shared my honest life story. One person heard it and he was touched. He told a friend and that friend told another friend. Before I knew it, I had many supporters around the world.” Moses not only succeeded in raising the $8,000, he went on to raise $60,000 at the Unreasonable Institute and to win a spot as a TED Fellow.

The story of Moses is not unique. AMIS-Cameroon does not have very wealthy friends, but we are confident that your desire to enable us provide  Market information to Farmers throughout Cameroonwould move you to support us at the Finalist Marketplace

If you’re keen to support Unreasonable entrepereneurs striving to change the world like Moses Sanga, you’ll have your chance on at www.unreasonableinstitute.org/marketplace when the Marketplace goes live on January 17, 2011.

Specifically you can follow life report of donations made for AMIS-Cameroon towards in the Race to Raise $10,000 by following us on Twitter: twitter.com/AMIS_Cameroon and on facebook at facebook.com/AMISforCameroon

Cats and Multimillion Dollar Will

Dec 14, 2011   //   by Admin   //   Blog, Important Links  //  Comments Off

Mankind is very kind indeed. Whether it is greed or folly, we dare not judge the wisdom of human kindness that would bestow Millions of Dollars to a pussy-cat while hundreds of hungry humans roam the streets of our world every day.

I have nothing against cats or any other pet that pet lovers decide to keep. One thing I know for sure is that the person who willed their fortune over to a cat did so because they possess the moral faculty to do so.They reached a reason decision before writing that will which negates anything human in them.

So, the big question that begs for an answer is this: Who shall the Cat will its inheritance to, since it doesnt have the same mental and moral disposition of its benefactor?

When humans die of starvation all over the planet, and we spend billions of dollars for unworthy causes, someone should stand up and address this folly or exit the stage.