Part 11: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

Each day we are posting three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

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1. Mark Wells, Gaia Cooperative , South Africa says:
“I believe that agricultural funds should be directed towards providing real agroecological support to rural households which includes, integrated pest management, rain water harvesting and other best practices and technologies to make the most of their local resources whilst at the same time developing equitable distribution systems such as local processing and distribution cooperatives linked to consumer cooperatives.”

2. Pashupati Chaudhary, Dept. of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA says:

“I believe, more investment should go to smallholders as well (Asia has 87% and Africa has 8% of them). However, more focus should be given on participatory research to develop drought tolerant varieties as Africa and a part of Asia are already water-stree, and we expect more drought in future. In addition, IRRI and ICARDA should increase their investment for Africa and Asia, the two major hunger hotspots. Now, these ICARDA spends only about 10% of its total budget for SSA and Asia (excluding central and west Asia) and IRRI spends about the same for Africa.”

3. Megan Putnam, Engineers Without Borders, Ghana says:
“I’d like to see more funding directed to an “innovation fund” that supports young agricultural entrepreneurs to invest in starting agricultural businesses.”

To read more responses:
Part 1: Dave Andrews (USA), Dave Johnstone (Cameroon), & Pierre Castagnoli (Italy)
Part 2: Paul Sinandja (Togo), Dov Pasternak (Niger), & Pascal Pulvery (France)
Part 3Christine McCulloch (UK), Hans R Herren (USA), & Amadou Niang.
Part 4 : Michel Koos (Netherlands), Don Seville (USA), & Ron Gretlarson
Part 5Shahul 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)
Part 9: Tilahun Amede (Ethiopia), Shree kumar Maharjan (Nepal), & Ashwani Vasishth (USA)
Part 10Mary Shawa (Malawi), Wayne S. Teel (USA), & Bell Okello (Kenya)

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