Part 45: 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. Dyno Keatinge, World Vegetable Center, Taiwan says:

“I believe that malnutrition is The major problem facing the world today. The suite of human difficulties thus relating to malnutrition range from mineral and vitamin deficiencies to carbohydrate/oils-induced obesity. It is vital in my opinion that we strive to allow all human beings access to appropriately balanced diets. What is largely lacking at present are sustained and sufficiently cheap sources of fruit and vegetables and the knowledge to advocate strenuously for their inclusion in people’s diets. Most agricultural funding is presently directed towards staple cereals at a global level and I believe that to be a serious mistake. Rather we need to invest in research in a much wider range of legume, fruit and vegetable crops which will give a higher rate of return to research and will help enable humans to better achieve properly balanced diets to sustain their health.”

2. Gizachew Sisay, Oxfam, Ethiopia says:

I would like to see more investment on three key areas of Agriculture: commercialization of smallholder agriculture (market linkage of smallholders, organization of producers to increase scale, facilitating service providers to support the sector); promotion of value addition (technological promotion, skills and  knowledge development etc); enhancing the role of women in Agriculture.”

3. Anne Woodfine, United Kingdom says:

“I agree wholeheartedly with Charles Ray’s answer that there is a need to move from food aid to improving food security – and specifically, a massive effort to raise awareness and enable smallholders to restore their often degraded land, using the range of known SLMs (compost, green manures, low tillage, conservation agriculture etc – also crop diversification), increasing yields and reducing yield variability. This will particularly increase the resilience of smallholder systems to the impacts of increasing weather variability…. and climate change.”

To read more responses, see:

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), & Sara Scherr (USA)
Part 43: Caroline Smith, Klaus Droppelmann (Malawi), & Ashley Colpaart (USA)
Part 44: Huriye Kara, Pat Lanyasunya (Kenya), & Prince Charles Dickson (Nigeria)

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

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