Each day we run three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?
1. Mary Njenga, Urban Harvest, Kenya says:
“More agriculture funding should be directed to working very closely with communities at the grassroots and listening to their voices for enhanced impact.”
2. Mabel Toribio says:
“I would like to see more funding for projects that create food sovereignty amongs people at the grassroots (producing food at home or in co-operative groups); also, projects that support recovering the knowledge and techniques of indigenous communities for their application in agriculture; and projects that look to secure native seeds, with no transgenics, with the support and involvement of the local communities.”
3. Makere Stewart-Harawira, Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada
“This is such an important question and I’m afraid I disagree with the answers you’ve received below. The thing is that the substitution of subsistence crops for export crops – primarily for the industrialized or northern nations – has left peasant famers in Third World countries in many cases destitute. It has also, in many cases, been responsible for loss of critically important ground cover with devastating consequences. I believe that its critically important that we look at alternatives to restore local economies – and let me add in here the right to water without water metres as is the case in some areas.
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
Part 15: Antonio Requejo, Alexandra Spieldoch (USA), & Daniele Giovannucci (USA)
What is your answer? Email me at Dnierenberg@Worldwatch.org or tweet your response to @WorldWatchAg