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‘Simple’ Development Solutions Should Not Be Overlooked

SciDev.Net: Development is complex but needs simple solutions
Christopher Charles, vice-president of global health at the Canadian Federation of Medical Students

“…Some see failed interventions as an opportunity to endlessly experiment with innovative technologies. Let’s shift our thinking — for example by moving away from expensive agricultural biotechnologies that promise to cure malnutrition if enough time and money are poured into them, and instead look at simple solutions like incorporating ancient grains such as millet, which already have the nutritional benefits the biotechnologists are trying to engineer. Donor organizations increasingly require that every project simultaneously caters to environmental, health, social, economic, and gender concerns. But simple interventions should not be overlooked…” (2/4).

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