Part 14: 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. Rachel Friedman says:
“I would agree somewhat with Jan Nijhoff (COMESA), in that more funding needs to go into setting up networks for farmers to access markets and receive a fair price for their goods–whether that is by helping to form cooperatives that have more power or in those partnerships with private entities.”

2. Jennifer Geist, Bridges to Understanding, USA says:
“I really feel like there is a great deal of knowledge held by people in every country, every climate, and that we need to support local efforts to feed local people in accordance with that local know-how. Mass production may be more efficient in some ways, especially using food production to create wealth, but sustainability and security will be found in local production and consumption. We should fund local farmers to produce and feed their communities, and we should remove the competition/subsidies that make this work unfeasible. The oldest family farm in America was just sold this week!”

3. Lowden Stoole says:
“Thank  you for the opportunity to add my views to the debate on agricultural funding. I am using the principals of Foundation for Farming to educate small-scale farmers in the rural areas of Zimbabwe and have been greatly encouraged  by the results. Like Ambassador Ray (Zimbabwe), I have for a long time felt that Africa no longer needs hand-outs particularly food, but that funding should be directed into education and training. There must be a move from dependency to self sufficiency.”

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)
Part 11: Mark Wells (South Africa), Pashupati Chaudhary (USA), & Megan Putnam (Ghana)
Part 12:
David Wallinga (USA), Ysabel Vicente, & Esperance Zossou (Benin)
Part 13: Susi Basith (Indonesia), Diana Husic (USA), & Carolina Cardona (Togo)

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