Part 27: 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. Tozie Zokufa, Animal Voice, South Africa says:

“Funds need to be directed towards knowledge (skill) and mentoring of emerging farmers.  You do not want to end up with white elephant farms, e.g. in Zimbabwe and South Africa where land is given back to people who do not know how to work it.  I can also expand by saying that an owner of the farm (experienced owner) can be incentivized for training and mentoring up-and-coming farmers, and he himself can be monitored and evaluated by the funders.”

2. Krystyna Swiderska, IIED, United Kingdom says:

“More funding is needed to support traditional farming systems that nurture a rich genetic diversity. We have lost a third of all genetic diversity in the last 100 years largely due to the global spread of modern agriculture focusing on a very few species and varieties. This has greatly weakened the genetic basis for agriculture and our capacity to adapt to climate change. Yet rather than supporting the remaining pockets of diversity, governments tend to see traditional farming as a hindrance to development. Traditional farmers are continually improving and adapting local varieties to environmental change.”

3. Al-Hassana Idriss Outman, Africare, Senegal says:

“I would like to see more agricultural funding directed for investment in order to really get rid of recurrent food insecurity in Africa and external food aid dependency.”

Part 1Dave 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 SalimRoger 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 FriedmanJennifer 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, & Caroline Smith
Part 19
Tesfom Solomon (Sweden), Sahr Lebbie (USA), & Jenny Goldie (Australia)
Part 20
Steven SweetVicki Lipski, & Viola Ransel
Part 21: Puspa R. TiwariJohan Staal (Netherlands), & Kevin Kamp (USA)
Part 22
Steve 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)
Part 25
: Tony Gasbarro (USA), John Hassall, and Kamal Khadka
Part 26: Farid Waliyar, Paul Barker (Tanzania), Grace Ndungu (Kenya)

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