Part 43: 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. Caroline Smith says:

“I’d like to see more funding going to ongoing (not one-off) participatory education/training (such as in a leading-farmer model)  for farmers and extension workers in small and medium scale systems that support local farmers in maintaining and building sustainable food security. This would bring together indigenous and appropriate western scientific knowledge so that farming does not degrade local ecosystems with inappropriate and indiscriminate use of chemicals. Certainly would include support for women farmers. Models that derive from permaculture-type design tailored to local culture and systems would seem to be ideal to me.”

2. Klaus Droppelmann, IFPRI, Malawi says:

“Indeed we all seem to agree that agriculture needs more funding but where exactly to make investments is not so clear cut.

If we do  not want to keep subsidizing agriculture, what do we need to do? Raising farm gate prices seems to be the simple answer but how to achieve that is not easy at all.”

3. Ashley Colpaart, Tufts University, USA says:

“Building local and regional food systems to bring organic fresh produce into urban centers. Distribution centers, processing and community kitchens.”

To read more responses see:

Part 38: Bruce Murphy (Australia), Richard (South Africa), and Paul Van Mele (Benin)
Part 39: NM Nayar (India), Abe Agulto (Philippines), Paul Yao Kpai (Ghana)
Part 40: Sophia Murphy, Roland Sundström, Jones Lemchi
Part 41: Xavier Rakotonjanahary (Madagascar), Tobias Leenaert (Belgium), Kristof Nordin (Malawi)
Part 42: Nazeer Ahmed, Willie Tuimising (Kenya), and Sara Scherr (USA)

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