Category Archives: African Renewal

CARBON TAX: Not Enough 2

Carbon Tax Failure: NOT Enough

There is a failure of the press to cover urgency of carbon tax. Carbon should not flow unpriced into the atmosphere, any more than you should be allowed to toss your garbage in the street. It makes no sense that the fossil fuel industry is allowed to put out their waste for free, using the atmosphere as an open sewer.

Nearly all of those decisions share a common, crucial element: they are shaped, by the relative prices of available energy choices. The only way to get enough change is to send a price signal so that everyone from investors to car buyers will change their behavior automatically:  a kind of perpetual motion machine. 

A straightforward plan is simply to tax carbon directly. Canada has introduced the gradual approach of a $10/ton of carbon emissions to finally get the ball rolling, while some of the provinces have elected to increase this tax to $30/ton.  In the meantime, Exxon has been planning for $50 a ton to make sure it won’t put a crimp in their business.  

Yes, carbon tax is inevitable but one thing stands in the way: PRICE POINT.  If we want to move the needle, we have to move the market. We need a top down message. A steadily rising tax on fossil fuels will send a strong price signal. A proposed carbon tax pending in the New York state legislature (A.B. 8372:  proposes to increase the tax gradually from $35 to $185 per ton.) 

Is that the only thing that needs to be done?

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AFRICAN MECHANIZATION RENEWAL 2

AFRICA MECHANIZATION
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It is the time for a new look at renewal of agricultural mechanization in Africa. A paradigm shift is required:  from one of poverty alleviation to investment for economic growth, in which the focus is on sustainable economic growth. 

On average, 700-1,850 tractors are used per 1,000 farmers in Europe and Northern America, exceptionally low levels of mechanization persist in many developing countries: a mere 5 tractors are in operation per 1,000 farmers in Africa. 

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Compare 5 tractors with 1,500 to 1,800 tractors per 1000 farmers

The total number of working tractors would have to be about 3.5 million (7 times more) to put Africa on a par with other regions. Agricultural would have to expand by a factor of about ten to approximately 400 000 tractors per year. Such a growth in tractor sales cannot be achieved immediately but could be in, say, 10 or 12 years. This would require urgent action to stimulate the market to attain sales of the order of 100 000 units per year within two or three years. As a comparison, tractor sales in India in 2005–06 were 264,790 units.

There has been a massive devaluation of many African currencies. This leads to very high cost of agricultural machinery which leads to reduced imports of machinery in Africa.

An illustrative quote (from FAO & UNIDO, 2008) helpfully summarizes the way forward: ‘If agricultural mechanization efforts are to succeed in Africa, there is an urgent need for all concerned, be they farmers, supporters, planners or policy makers,to understand and contribute to agricultural mechanization efforts across the entire farming system and with a value chain perspective’.

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How can African prosperity get started?

Over 60% of farm power is still provided by people’s muscles, mostly from women, the elderly and children. Affordability of mechanization is often beyond the reach of the small holder family. You can make a difference in so many lives.

 Decades of counter-terrorism teaches that the best bulwarks against extremism are states that are prosperous and just. With your support, the middle class will band with the underclass to bring about regime changes.

You can help by expanding access to rich-world markets for African goods, particularly in agriculture and the opportunities for other African industry would also expand.

How does the world approach climate change? Unfathomable amounts of carbon emissions can be soaked up by trees? Your support will assist us in developing Today’s Tall Tree Nurseries in Africa.


A young African will move to the city if all he can earn is $10/day. This same African will return to the land because mechanization has changed the whole picture: the farms can now be more productive. Your support will take the pressure off African urbanization, which usually ends in abject poverty or crime in the city.

Designing an Agricultural Mechanization Strategy                                        

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Living Water Investment Plan 2

THE INVESTMENT PLAN

Living Water is Corporation  proposed to set up a new Investment Plan to encourage investment in Africa.

The Missing Middle

While micro finance has succeeded in providing access to capital for people at the base of the pyramid, most micro finance lenders are capitalized to take an entrepreneur only so far. 

The vast majority of entrepreneurs served by micro finance loans still lack the ability to scale their business, add real value in the supply chain, and steadily increase their profitability.

The Living Water Investment Plan is the second phase, which will be introduced after the installation of our Living Water MicroFinance Inc.

Our Living Water Investment Plan is where entrepreneurs can organize, analyze, optimize, and share a customized business plan with investors and business mentors. 

The business mentors from Next6 helps guide an assessment of the business’s strengths and weaknesses, a comparison of business to industry peers and an estimate of the business valuation.

Living Water Is Corporation will guarantee a 10% return on investments in the first year. Our Opportunity Snapshot develops a fund raising campaign to tell a story and get the word out.

The entrepreneur may be asked to invest as little as 5% to10% of the investment required. The entrepreneur’s business information is confidential and secure.  The only parties which will see your business information are the parties with which he or she choose to share, i.e. investors.

The Big Question is how much of an investment are we talking about? The answer is related to the selling of a profitable reasonable concise business plan on our Opportunity Snapshot. As to the amount, you can only go so many times to the well, so we are forced to limit ourselves to unique business ideas, which are scalable and difficult to copy. If it doesn’t fill and need, it won’t go anywhere.

A very common way to pitch an idea on line is to make a video. Videos make it easy, on a human level, to get familiar with the people behind the idea or cause, and they are far easier to digest than reading through a Power Point presentation.

* Beware of Foreign Funding of any international “firm” which requires a “fee” to be sent in advance through a wire transfer to a foreign bank (Nigerian 419 Scam).

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Living Water Is Corporation aims to use innovative long-term  leases through a Land Trust to begin a Renewed Africa.

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