'From small acorns do great oak trees grow'
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CTA. 1992. 'From small acorns do great oak trees grow'. Spore 40. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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SPORE does not normally publish readers. letters, but we are making an exception in this issue because the following letter contains both important information and a word of encouragement for all of us at SPORE. To the Editor SPORE Sir, I am obliged...
SPORE does not normally publish readers. letters, but we are making an exception in this issue because the following letter contains both important information and a word of encouragement for all of us at SPORE. To the Editor SPORE Sir, I am obliged to write and thank you for the publication (in 1987) of the address of CIMMYT (International Centre for the Improvement of Maize and Wheat). We got in touch with the Centre immediately, and in response they sent us (free) 9kg of a maize variety adapted to high altitude conditions. This seed solved the problem of the poor productivity of maize at 3000m (the average altitude in our area). It was so successful that now our problem is how to process all this maize rather than how to grow it (maize and potatoes are our main staple food crops). So may I, through the courtesy of your columns, thank you, and tell you that SPORE saved the livelihoods of more than 50,000 farmers of the High Plateaux of Uvira (Zaire). Yours truly, Ruhimbika Muller Principal Development Officer, Uvira High Plateaux If proof were needed of the value of information, this is it. But information alone is not sufficient, you have to know how to use it, and so we congratulate our friends in Uvira on their initiative and CIMMYT on its readiness to help. We should also like to thank Mr Ruhimbika Muller for his kindness, and to invite any reader with a similar story to send it to us. The eighteenth-century British statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke once said: 'Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.' Mr Muller's story proves the point.