Editor's note: The following article, written by Sarah Morton, was published by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association here.
When a challenge is posed, there are two options:
- Accept it and work towards the goals of accomplishing it or
- Turn away and let someone else figure it out.
It seems that when a challenge comes around, there is always those who flight and those who fight; people who are willing to strap up their boots and work and those who shy away and hide in the background. Howard Buffett is definitely the type of guy who is at the front and center of any challenge. In the fight against hunger, there is always improvements to be made and goals to be reached. However, those all come with their own set of challenges.
Women can be catalysts for change, and there is a huge movement going on for women’s rights. Women are hard working, multi-tasking, and can see things from a completely different perspective than a man can. It is always beneficial to have a woman’s point of view and expert opinion among all others that are given because of the fact that it comes from a different perspective. At the same time however, Howard Buffett stresses not to forget about men. A lot of times NGO’s try to disrupt cultures and customs by enforcing women’s rights; however it has to be accepted by both parties. Men don’t want to feel outdone by their wife in certain cultures, so it is best to teach them too and educate them as well. In most instances, it can be disrespectful to men to have their roles within their community degraded.
Another challenge that is faced is the lack of technology in developing countries, but these are also parts of the world that aren’t ready for that technological advancement because they are used to doing things they way they do it. Bringing a tractor to a man who’s only ever used a plow isn’t going to solve problems. There needs to be strategy in the way things are done. Create tools and implement practices that will work with the cultural needs and what they already have to use. By introducing new practices, these cultures can work to improve yields and provide better lives for their families and the community.
Challenges vary from country to country, region to region, and community to community. Dedicated people have committed their lives to overcoming these obstacles in search of hope and a better life. There are many ideas as to how to face an obstacle, it takes many tries and many strategies in order to come up with one that works well. However, the one that works for one community may not work well in another community; so these solutions are always being constantly modified.
It is always best to work with the people in the community too. They know what things work and what doesn’t work, as well as what is best to suit the needs to their situation. Gaining different perspectives from people is also helpful. The more information you are able to gather on a place, the better the outcome will be when implementing new ideas. However, if it does turn out to be a flop just remember that Thomas Edison discovered 1,000 ways not to build a lightbulb before he figured out the one way that worked. Challenges come with great difficulty, but those willing to face them will have success in the long run.