Part 28: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

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

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1. Jan Helsen, FAO, Kenya says:

Our short contribution to the question “where would you like to see more agriculture funding directed” has to be seen within the light of a strategic “Disaster Risk Management Framework” to which FAO and our Regional Emergency Office adheres to. This framework, in principle, comprises three broad Strategic Objectives: 1)Risk reduction encompassing; disaster risk profiling, Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation; 2)Response and; 3)Transition and Linkages. Most of the agriculture donor support at the moment is directed towards emergency response. There timeliness, effectiveness and efficiency of responses needs to be improved to enhance impact on beneficiaries’ lives and livelihood; FAO is  therefore considering two broad support themes: 1)Rapid Assessment and Planning which includes support to undertake rapid assessments, livelihood assessments, establishment of Plans of Actions at country level and; 2)Direct Emergency Response, which includes strategic  response initiatives; seed relief activities; livestock relief interventions and socio-economic and gender analysis.

What the FAO emergency and rehabilitation division believes in, is that more donor support should be aimed at: (1) Risk Reduction in order to empower populations and build  resilience and; (2) To facilitate the transition out of emergencies and poverty. Reducing Risks implies concerted donor assistance to: (1) Improve preparedness: for example through establishing global, regional and national early warning systems, community based early warning systems, action planning informed by hazard alerts, community based approaches and capacity building; (2) Mitigation and prevention: for example through advocacy support to policies, adaptation to climate change (conservation agriculture, agro-forestry, etc), establishing social safety nets. To facilitate transition out of vulnerability, donor interventions could pool resources to: 1) Transfer risks for example through risk sharing mechanisms, livelihood diversification strategies, asset insurance schemes, 2) Conflict transformation by addressing issues of land use, access to and management of customary grazing resources; 3) Water management, capacity building of displaced population and, 4) Strengthening local institutions.”

2. Charlie Balanon says:

“Agriculture funding should be directed to crop rotation technology at the same time guided and taught on climate change mitigation and adaptability. And awareness on sustainable development, e.g. going organic and agriculture’s contribution to GHG emmisions. This direction empowers the agriculture sector as a vital driver for food security.”

3. Ronia Tanyongana, World Vegetable Center, Tanzania says:

“I would like to see more agriculture funding going towards empowering women with resources, e.g. (access to land, irrigation facilities, credit and access to markets including developing policies that are gender sensitive and involve women participation in policy formulation)  and tools that will enable them to produce enough food for their children and have excess for sale to generate income for their families. This will improve food and nutritional security at household level and increase income for women.”

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 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 13Susi 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 16Mary 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, & Salibo (Burkina Faso)
Part 25
: Tony Gasbarro (USA), John Hassall,  & Kamal Khadka
Part 26: Farid Waliyar, Paul Barker (Tanzania), Grace Ndungu (Kenya)
Part 27: Tozie Zokufa (South Africa), Krystyna Swiderska (UK), & Al-Hassana Idriss Outman (Senegal)

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