[quotation] Fisherman s Blues
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CTA. 1999. [quotation] Fisherman?s Blues. Spore 2000 (Supplement to Spore 84). CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Fisherman s Blues : or the relative comfort of even a modest degree of food security.
Fisherman s Blues : or the relative comfort of even a modest degree of food security. One day a development worker, new to the area, approached an old man who had been casting his fishing line into the greenish-blue waters from the shore of a sandy beach. The stranger introduced herself. She then proceeded to explain to the man that perhaps he should buy a boat to go fishing in, instead of standing on the hard ground every day. The man questioned this motive, and the stranger replied, 'You could catch more fish, if you were further out where the fish are.' Rather sceptically, the old man asked, 'And why would I need more fish?' 'Well, if you had more fish, you could sell the fish and make more money,' replied the stranger. The man queried, 'What would I need more money for?' 'After you make more money from all the fish, you can buy a bigger boat to haul in even more fish,' she said. 'But who would do all the work then?' asked the man, with furrowed brow. 'You would hire people to do the work, and make even more money with all the extra help,' explained the stranger. 'And then what?' inquired the fisherman. 'Then you could buy a big house to live in,' said the stranger. The man wanted to know, 'Who would clean this big house?' 'You would hire people to clean the house for you,' responded the stranger. 'Oh. And then what would I do?' the man asked. 'Well, then you could relax and go fishing all day,' said the stranger. There was a pause in the conversation, while the old man pondered over this remark, then replied: 'But that s what I m doing right now.' From Splash, a journal of the Southern African Development Community, June 1998.
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