The Legacy of Johnny Appleseed Needs to Come to Africa

Numerous government and charitable organizations are attempting to solve the problems of reducing poverty and increasing the agricultural productivity of subsistence farmers in Africa. At the subsistence farmer level, the main response to poverty has been to increase the supply of micro-credit services, grain seeds, and tools. This paper advocates the use of a large number of small tropical fruit tree nurseries/demonstration farms that will allow subsistence farmers to identify a wide variety of tropical fruit trees and melons that are suitable for planting in the areas in which they live and work. In addition, it suggests that local development officials sell for one dollar “tropical tree value packs” containing a variety of tropical fruit tree and melon seeds.

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