Each day we are posting three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?
1. Tilahun Amede, CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water & Food (CPWF), Ethiopia says:
“I would like to see more agriculture funding allocated to capacity building of small-scale farmers to innovate and respond to risks; for instance in post-harvest handling, branding their produces, forecasting market opportunities etc.”
2. Shree kumar Maharjan, Nepal says:
“I think hard cash money should be invested to reduce food insecurity and hunger focusing developing countries. At the same time, we should also think to have little or no environmental impacts, as climate change is major concern for most of the developing countries. Poor and vulnerable countries and people are mostly at risk from climate change impacts rather than developed and rich ones. So money should be invested to build adaptive capacity of the rural poor by diversifying their livelihood options to reduce food insecurity and hunger in the world.”
3. Ashwani Vasishth, Ramapo College, USA says:
“It seems to me that more–way more–funding needs to go toward a) training programs that advance appropriate technology in agriculture (read, alternatives to resource-, chemical-, and fertilizer-intensive conventional practices), and b) mechanisms that make well-designed and implemented micro-credit lending available to small farmers everywhere.”
Read other responses:
Part 1: Dave Andrews (USA), Dave Johnstone (Cameroon), & Pierre Castagnoli (Italy).
Part 2: Paul Sinandja (Togo), Dov Pasternak (Niger), & Pascal Pulvery (France).
Part 3: Christine McCulloch (UK), Hans R Herren (VA), & Amadou Niang (Mali).
Part 4: Michel Koos (Netherlands), Don Seville (USA), & Ron Gretlarson.
Part 5: Shahul Salim, Roger Leakey (Kenya), & Monty P Jones (Ghana).
Part 6: Calestous Juma (USA), Ray Anderson (USA), & Rob Munro (Zambia).
Part 7 : Tom Philpott (USA), Grace Mwaura, & Thangavelu Vasantha Kumaran.
Part 8: Peter Mietzner (Namibia), Madyo Couto (Mozambique), & Norman Thomas Uphoff (USA)