Some advocates say monetizing agriculture could help fight global hunger, but this approach is misguided, according to geography professor William Moseley and student James Lindgren, both of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. In Mali, for example, monetization efforts could help the upper echelon of small-scale farmers at the expense of their poorer peers, they suggest. One problem is that it is hard to track agricultural activity that occurs outside of global markets. "Until agricultural experts and development programs fully understand this measurement drawback, they will continue to push for forms of rural development that may actually be counter-productive for the poorest of the poor," they write.

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