Each day we run three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?
1. Susan Mwangi, Arid Lands Information Network, Kenya says:
“More funding should go toward creating infrastructure to enable small-scale farmers access markets. This could be in developing ICT solutions that can link up farmers with buyers/markets.”
2. Keshab Thapa, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development (LI-BIRD), Nepal says:
“Especially the small, resource poor and marginal farmers are affected much from climate change and its impacts. In this context, more agriculture funding should be directed to enhance community resilience through the improved production and marketing system with due focus on involving small, resource poor and marginal farmers. The focus must be on promoting production and marketing of livestock (small farm animals and poultry), organic production of cereals and vegetables, promotion of neglected and underutilized species and vegetable seeds”.
3. Francis Lwamugira, UNHCR , Tanzania says:
“Being a participant in agriculture as a small-scale holder, one of the constraints faced by our class (small-scale farmers) is the access to affordable farm implements and appropriate inputs. Currently the small farmers (e.g. in Tanzania they are about 85 percent of the total population) are using hand hoes ( very exhausting, time consuming and leads to low productivity). Modern technologies are unaffordable to this class. So, I would like the agricultural funding be directed to establishing the industries for farm implements – e.g. medium size tractors, power tillers, etc. (to be produced within the country instead of importing them – this will lower distribution costs and lead to affordable prices); impose subsidies on farm implements and farm inputs; and educating small farmers on appropriate agricultural practices.These should go side by side with improvements of infrastructure (roads and markets).”
For more responses, see:
Part 27: Tozie Zokufa (South Africa), Krystyna Swiderska (UK), & Al-Hassana Idriss Outman (Senegal)
Part 28: Jan Helsen (Kenya), Charlie Balanon, and Ronia Tanyongana (Tanzania)
Part 29: Eric Kisiangani (Kenya), Stephen Muchiri, & Luis Gasser.
Part 30: Betty Maeda, Mary Mavanza (Tanzania), & Naude Malan (South Africa).
Part 31: Theresa Endres (Mali), Gezahegn Ayele, & Kephas Indangasi.
What is your answer? Email me at Dnierenberg@Worldwatch.org or tweet your response to @WorldWatchAg.