The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship is proud to announce a new partnership with the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative! Our unique partnership will begin to build a national network and technical assistance platform that tribal members can use to build more sustainable, culturally-appropriate communities that utilize fewer natural resources. In doing so, we also are helping to support Native entrepreneurs who are building or want to build culturally grounded business in the “green economy.” Our focus is to provide technical assistance within an innovation framework geared specifically to tribal communities that focuses on relationship and partnership-building, and community engagement processes to listen to sustainability goals of tribal members.
After reading New Hope for Malnourished Mothers and Children in the September 2009 issue of the the Bread newsletter a couple of times I became concerned that we were falling back into our old “silo” approach to development.
The background paper focused on good nutritional ideas for very young folks and then exclusively on agricultural development. What is of concern is that much of the past agricultural development initiatives have focused on heavy use of fertilizers as inputs which have both environmental and economic implications.
In Guatemala, for example, fertilizers were kept in single room houses on the floor and often pesticides were also kept there. Spray cans were washed out in the local water stream. Fertilizers and pesticides often have to be imported into countries which has a very negative impact on the use of local currency and excludes many people from the ag economy because of cost.