Part 12: 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?

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

1. David Wallinga, IATP, USA says:

“Let’s Move and other federal efforts are directed at spurring demand for healthier, more local foods. But who’s going to grow that food? Neither the Farm Bill, nor other agriculture funding is much directed at recruiting new farmers of fruits, vegetables, whole grains or other healthy foods. Or, even to remove the substantial barriers imposed by current agriculture policies that prevent new farmers from competing on a level playing field with industrial-scale producers of other crops and the unhealthy foods made from them.”

2. Ysabel Vicente, Citizens for the Reforestation says:

“I totally agree on the answers have given others. My proposal would be more forward to the future. We must invest in knowledge, the more knowledge a person has is free and can create jobs or ways to invest. I therefore support the creation of schools for children based on the care and integration of the environment. I have a foundation whose purpose is to reforest Spain, and possibly the world, creating awareness among citizens, especially children. They are the future and we must invest in a change of consciousness and thought, to leave their current status. The phrase of my foundation is: “Leave a trail, plant a tree, grows and preserves life.”

3. Esperance Zossou, Africa Rice Center, Benin says:
“My opinion is to invest in two sectors: (1) Rural development (land development, organization of small farmers to enable the use of improved technologies, access of small farmers to micro-credit) (2) Technical information access by farmers, capacity building & communication in rural areas.”

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)
Part 11: Mark Wells (South Africa), Pashupati Chaudhary (USA), Megan Putnam (Ghana)

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