Are We Letting Complexity Get in the Way of Finding Answers to Hunger?

- Dan Custis

Think about it: We have the ability to save human lives and prevent the effects of malnutrition for children living in underdeveloped countries, thanks to the development of Golden Rice. Yet, society chooses not to allow its introduction out of fear from “what if” scenarios … and human lives are lost.

Anyone who has traveled to less fortunate countries knows the needs that exist. But the key to solving world hunger and helping farmers rise above subsistence is so incredibly complex — intermingling cultural practices, societal beliefs and government politics. There are government programs and NGOs that have dedicated billions of dollars and countless hours to helping lift people out of poverty through agricultural development.

But maybe it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Maybe there’s an answer. A product. A natural microbe. Something that’s easy to handle. Something that doesn’t require special equipment to use. It might not be the end all, be all, but it can certainly be a powerful tool in our toolbox to help increase farmers’ yields.

What exactly am I referencing? Our unique, highly-selected strains of Trichoderma. You see we’ve been testing our products all around the world and quite honestly, we’ve been amazed at the results.

For example, we sent some to go on rice with a gentleman who was vacationing in Thailand. The farmer that used it reported that he normally collects five 50-60 lb. bags of rice at harvest. After using our product in that initial year, he harvested 25 bags. He continued to request the product and has since averaged 2.5 times the normal yield.

In fact, his neighbors wanted to know what he did differently, and he didn’t want to tell them. He wanted to keep it for himself.

This is not an anomaly. We are seeing similar results time after time, and on a variety of crops. In the Philippines. In Vietnam. In South Korea. In African countries.

I’ve been working to register our products in these countries because we’ve seen such tremendous results. There is so much untapped potential.

In Vietnam, a gentleman who worked in the government told ABM they want the country to be an economically-based country, driven by market demands. He said: “If we can increase the yields of farmers and they have enough to sell on the market, then they can become businessmen and women, and we can literally change our economy.”

Over the past ten years, I have visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Africa, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and South Korea. I’ve seen firsthand the challenges subsistence farmers face. This is something I’m passionate about, and I’m looking for potential partners to help raise farmers out of subsistence living. Help eliminate malnutrition. And help rid the world of unnecessary hunger. If you’re interested in learning more about what we’re doing, please email me at Dan@abm1st.com.