Part 40: 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. Sophia Murphy, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) says:

“I’d like to see more agricultural funding directed towards technologies and support systems for farmers that give them control of their inputs and allow them to farm in a way that nurtures their natural resources: soil, water and biological diversity, and their knowledge. I’d like to see women given the chance to manage a lot more of the funding.”

2. Roland Sundström says:

“Working with mainstreaming sustainable agriculture at IFAD, I would like to see more funding directed to efforts to enhance the resilience of farming systems in the face of interconnected environmental and socioeconomic risks, notably those associated with climate change. Market access and conventional agricultural intensification are not enough to alleviate rural poverty and improve food security in the long term. Droughts, changing precipitation patterns, land degradation as well as commercial pressures on land call for stronger safeguards to ensure lasting gains in agricultural development.”

3. Jones Lemchi says:

“The key problem confronting African Agriculture is dependence on rainfall and non-application of needed science and business principles by farmers. So, focus should be on modern agrculture driven by profit and based on science. Let me know of possible roles I can play.”

To read more responses see:

Part 35: Michael Misiko (Benin), Emmanuel M. Haambote (Zambia), & Anton Ferreira
Part 36: Robert Goodland (USA), Yao M. Afantchao (USA), & Queresh Noordin
Part 37: Richard Twine (UK), Yiching Song, & Abdelmunem Ahmed (Palestine)
Part 38: Bruce Murphy (Australia), Richard Haigh (South Africa), & Paul Van Mele (Benin)
Part 39: NM Nayar (India), Abe Agulto (Philippines), & Paul Yao Kpai (Ghana)

What is your answer? Email me at Dnierenberg@Worldwatch.org or tweet your response to @WorldWatchAg

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