Part 19: 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?

photo credit: Bernard Pollack

1. Tesfom Solomon, Sweden says:

“Thank you for sharing an important research question. In fact I’m going to research the same area in Eritrea and already have similar question to answer. I would like to see a way for a farmer to be a self reliant by bringing the development agencies and government strategies into one portfolio.”

2. Sahr Lebbie, Heifer, USA says:

“I think more agricultural funding should be directed to supporting smallholder farmers to become better at farming, increase productivity and attain self-sufficiency (food and economic security). This will be achieved by increasing access to productive resources, especially capital, and building strong and stable local institutions to backstop them in scaling up (micro-finance institutions with a human face, reliable and low cost business delivery services. This will mean forging mutually respectful and responsible alliances that involve the private sector, the public sector and the smallholder farmers.”

3. Jenny Goldie, Australia says:

“In many parts of the world, increases in agricultural production are often offset by continuing rapid population growth. In the Philippines, a USAID-backed project to combine coastal management with family planning resulted in good social and environmental outcomes, ensuring a sustainable supply of fish for the people because, with a stable population, they did not need to overexploit their fish stocks. The same principle of dual-programs (agricultural development plus family planning) should be implemented in food-insecure parts of the world such as Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Pakistan and Yemen, for instance.”

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 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 14
Rachel 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)
Part 17
: Dale Lewis (Zambia), Chris Ojiewo (Tanzania), & Molly Mattessich (USA)
Part 18
: Gregory Bowman (USA), Lucila Nunes de Vargas, and Caroline Smith

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