35 Nw. J. Int'l L. & Bus. 335 (2014-2015)
When Baby Steps Just Won't Work: Small Farmers Are Our Best Hope Reducing Food Insecurity and We Are Not Doing Enough

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Copyright 2015 by Northwestern University School of Law                 Printed in U.S.A.
Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business                      Vol. 35, No. 2



When Baby Steps Just Won't Work: Small

Farmers Are Our Best Hope Reducing Food
Insecurity and We Are Not Doing Enough




Anjanette H. Raymond and Abbey Stemler


      Abstract: The concept of baby steps is well-known among psychologists and
      movie buffs alike. In the classic movie What About Bob, Dr. Leo Marvin
      (played by Richard Dreyfuss) gives to Bob (Bill Murray), a highly dependent
      and worried individual, a copy of his book Baby Steps. Dr. Marvin explains, It
      means setting small, reasonable goals for yourself One day at a time, one tiny
      step at a time-doable, accomplishable goals.  For many, the concept of baby
      steps,  methodically working on simple, constrained pieces of a problem, is a
      useful approach in solving complex and difficult problems. Unfortunately, ac-
      complishing large goals through small increments can take a considerable
      amount of time and coordination. And, in the case of solving world hunger, time
      is up. Prior attempts to address the issue of hunger have been based on baby
      steps, and now we must abandon  such incremental approaches and focus on
      large-scale changes. Otherwise, the world will soon see a food crisis like never
      before. The first part of the paper asserts that increased access to financing is
      needed for smallholder farmers to help boost farm productivity and reduce food
      scarcity. The second part, describes a new protocol to an existing convention,
      the Cape Town  Convention (defined below), that some argue will benefit agri-
      culture financing. The paper concludes by considering the actual impact the new
      protocol would have on small farmers' ability to reduce food and asserts that
      while the protocol might end up being a successful one, it is still just a baby step
      toward the stated goal of eliminating world hunger.




















  Anjanette Raymond, Assistant Professor, Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business, Indiana
  University. Abbey Stemler, Practitioner and Lecturer, Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Busi-
  ness, Indiana University


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