Part 17: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

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

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1. Dale Lewis, COMACO, Zambia says:

“Funding specific needs is very wide-open – seed replication, developing lead farmer efforts, improved value-added process of healthy, eco-friendly crops, etc. etc. In general, I would fund research to identify agriculture efforts that are helping drive real solutions for sustainable agriculture that harmonize conservation with livelihoods while contributing to national economies. We need to find those examples and give them funding help – hopefully they’ll expand as models for others to emulate”

2. Chris Ojiewo, World Vegetable Center, Tanzania says:

“I would say that I would like to see more agricultural funding directed to nutrition based research. I would qualify this by saying a well nourished people will be productive and will work hard to be food self sufficient. Food security has been an issue of emphasis from many donors and policy makers, but nutritional security has fallen to the cracks. The effect of having a malnourished or under-nourished society is a vicious cycle of poor child development, poor mental capacity, low physical and intellectual productivity, poor health of expectant mother, poor health of the unborn baby, poor health of nursing mother, poor health of young children, overall poor health of the society, and the list continues. To cut the chain and break the cycle, emphasis should be made not only on food security, but on food and nutritional security as inseparable dimensions. This compels me to mention that vegetables, especially indigenous ones, and in this case African indigenous vegetables, mostly consumed as companions of cereal-based meals, have a very high potential that is yet to be exploited fully through organized scientific research and development.”

3. Molly Mattessich, National Peace Corps Association, USA

“I think that funding should be given to help smallholder farmers, especially women, to help them with their business plans to improve their own agricultural initiatives. In fact, that’s what we do on Africa Rural Connect.”

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)
Part 14Rachel Friedman, Jennifer Geist (USA), & Lowden Stoole
Part 15: Antonio Requejo, Alexandra Spieldoch (USA), & Daniele Giovannucci (USA)
Part 16: Mary Njenga (Kenya), Mabel Toribio, & Makere Stewart-Harawira (Canada)

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