Check out Nourishing the Planet’s op-ed on the need to direct more agriculture funding towards African-led innovations in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Co-written with Stephanie Hanson of the One Acre Fund, we describe why it is important to adapt the resources we have today—including improved fertilizer, credit and insurance—to fit the needs and resources of small-scale farmers. After countless conversations with farmers on the ground all over sub-Saharan Africa it has become clear that just throwing money at the problem of global hunger is not enough. Farmers already know what kind of support they need to improve their livelihoods and feed their families. All the funding community needs to do is listen.
We’ll be highlighting more farmer-led innovations that are working to help alleviate hunger and poverty in the upcoming State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet. The book will include more on small scale farmers by Stephanie Hanson. To read more about the One Acre Fund see Serving Rural Smallholder Farmers and Gilbert and Edith Dream of the Future.