Part 25: 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. Tony Gasbarro, University of Alaska, USA says:

“I am not an agricultural expert, but I have had a chance to work with poor farmers as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and have visited farmers in the Amazonian region of Peru.  In my opinion strengthening agricultural extension services would be a good use of any additional agricultural funding.”

2. John Hassall says:

“I would like to see more agriculture funding go to food security projects that build the capacity of farmers to produce crops that are sustainable long-term rather than short term high yield crops.”

3. Kamal Khadka, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development (LI-BIRD) , Nepal says:

“I am from a NGO in Nepal known as LI-BIRD. I am a plant breeder by profession. Regarding your question, being a citizen of  one of the poorest country in the world, I would like to see more fund directed towards agricultural research. In Nepal, the investment in agricultural researches is extremely low. The donors are usually interested in investing in development oriented projects. On the other hand government of Nepal is unable to allocate minimum resource for agricultural research. Hence, I feel that in a poor country like Nepal investment in agricultural research should be promoted along with investment in development sector.”

To read more responses, see:

Part 1Dave Andrews (USA), Dave Johnstone (Cameroon), & Pierre Castagnoli (Italy)
Part 2Paul 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 SalimRoger Leakey (Kenya), & Monty P Jones (Ghana)
Part 6Calestous Juma (USA), Ray Anderson (USA), & Rob Munro (Zambia)
Part 7Tom Philpott (USA), Grace Mwaura, & Thangavelu Vasantha Kumaran
Part 8Peter Mietzner (Namibia), Madyo Couto (Mozambique), & Norman Thomas Uphoff (USA)
Part 9Tilahun 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 12David Wallinga (USA), Ysabel Vicente, & Esperance Zossou (Benin)
Part 13Susi Basith (Indonesia), Diana Husic (USA), & Carolina Cardona (Togo)
Part 14:  Rachel FriedmanJennifer Geist (USA), & Lowden Stoole
Part 15Antonio Requejo, Alexandra Spieldoch (USA), & Daniele Giovannucci (USA)
Part 16
Mary Njenga (Kenya), Mabel Toribio,Makere Stewart-Harawira (Canada)
Part 17Dale Lewis (Zambia), Chris Ojiewo (Tanzania), & Molly Mattessich (USA)
Part 18Gregory Bowman (USA), Lucila Nunes de Vargas, & Caroline Smith
Part 19Tesfom Solomon (Sweden), Sahr Lebbie (USA), & Jenny Goldie (Austrialia)
Part 20Steven SweetVicki Lipski, & Viola Ransel
Part 21: Puspa R. TiwariJohan Staal (Netherlands), & Kevin Kamp (USA)
Part 22Steve Osofsky (USA), John Vickrey (USA), & Michael Levenston (Canada)
Part 23: Vasan (India), Excellent Hachileka (Zambia), Royce Gloria Androa (Uganda)
Part 24: Pam Allee, Dennis Calvan, and Salibo (Burkina Faso)

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