I read David Price’s concerns about promoting invasive forage plants in Asia Note #25 [Eds’ Note: AN #25 was written in response to AN #23] and would like to respond based on my own experience and observations.
My reply will be based on the following principles:
- It is moral to help poor farmers as much as practicable.
- The primary aim of human activity is the betterment of the human condition. Thus, preservation of the natural environment is NOT necessarily the primary aim of development activities.
I have been promoting the use and expansion of all of the species listed by David to smallholder farmers for, in some cases, the last 45 years. I wish to address the concerns David has for each of the species listed in Asia Note #25. I live in northern Thailand now, so I will use local examples, but the comments should apply equally as well to most of the humid and sub-humid tropics.