Each day we run three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?
Photo credit: Bernard Pollack
1. Antonio Requejo says:
“I would love to see more funds directed to those young farmers who believe in what they are doing, those who are just starting in a very competitive and difficult industry. Much support is needed to keep them up to date and to protect the fragile and weak environment. And to those who work the land without destroying it.”
2. Alexandra Spieldoch, WOCAN, USA says:
“As Coordinator of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture, I would like to see more funding go directly to women farmers to safeguard their innovative practices and traditional knowledge, to make sure they can have more control and ownership over their production, and to facilitate their access to markets.
3. Daniele Giovannucci, Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), USA says:
“For me, current agriculture funding reviving the 1960s “green revolution” in ways and in places where it was neither practical nor viable is sheer hubris and misses the mark in many African situations. Africa’s systemic challenges make most agricultural problems local problems first and foremost. Put aside the valuable discussions about markets for a moment because, while undoubtedly valuable, these cannot much help the poorest who have no access or money to participate. While for decades the big economists recommended (and many still do) tens of millions of dollars toward grandiose western-oriented agricultural interventions, rural poverty continues unabated at the local and most vulnerable levels. Stop trying to change Africa and learn to work with Africa’s rural people. Invest, with their input, in the practical knowledge that makes a real local difference and is less dependent on the macro structures where, frankly, we have yet to make a substantial dent. I refer to: soil care, agro-pastoral integration, drought varieties, mixed companion plantings for risk management and nutrition security, water husbandry, and more. So, therefore, invest in the practical packaging/translation/expression of the wealth of agriculture information and technology that we already have in numerous research centers and in the accompanying dissemination via the existing socio-political networks and ground-based organizations.”
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 3: Christine McCulloch (UK), Hans R Herren (USA), & Amadou Niang.
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)
Part 9: Tilahun Amede (Ethiopia), Shree kumar Maharjan (Nepal), & Ashwani Vasishth (USA)
Part 10: Mary 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)
Part 14: Rachel Friedman, Jennifer Geist (USA), & Lowden Stoole