I recently attended the 2016 World Food Prize Symposium, which was amazing for many reasons – including the featured speakers. I heard from foreign dignitaries, scientists, corporate CEOs; the array of people all in some way concerned with global food security and production.
I have many notes from the sessions, but one idea kept circling in my head. Kellogg Company CEO John Bryant quoted it as he announced Kellogg’s 3 Billion Better Days effort. Mr. Bryant attributed it to being an African proverb, which we’ve been unable to confirm, but it’s still a powerful saying:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Mr. Bryant was using it because he was focused on how Kellogg plans to fight hunger by donating food to people in need; expanding breakfast programs for children worldwide; and supporting 500,000 farmers, their families, and communities with Climate Smart Agriculture practices. Kellogg’s plan will take time – about nine years – and the efforts of many; but if they can make it happen, they will indeed have gone far for many.
Of course, this is something we’ve always known in our work. Extension is based on partnership, on cooperation, on public good – on going together. Sometimes it takes a long time to see the results of that work, and that can be frustrating. But we don’t want to go alone – we want to go far. See you there.
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