Part 51: 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?

photo credit: Bernard Pollack

1. Gideon Behar, Embassy of Israel, Senegal says:

“What we really need is to move as quickly as possible to agriculture-based drip irrigation for small farmers using solar energy to pump the water.”

2. Benjamin Tchoffo, African Centre for Applied Forestry, Cameroon says:

“I think that funding should promote the emergence of a new generation of farmers in Africa. These shall be graduates from agriculture schools who have really learned to practise agriculture. This will make agriculture an income and create jobs. Experience has shown that at the moment, people who have learned agriculture sit in offices to advise the farmers. Many programmes focus on small holdings farmers. Some people even say that they are fighting poverty, and I am wondering whether Africa shall develop while fighting poverty?”

3. Stephanie Hanson, One Acre Fund, Kenya says:

“I would like to see more funding directed at the distribution and marketing of technologies that are appropriate for smallholder farmers. For instance, improved distribution and marketing could significantly increase the adoption of improved seed and fertilizer, drip irrigation kits, and soil pH tests. It is not enough for these technologies to exist; funding must be directed at bringing those technologies to rural farmers and convincing them of the benefits of adoption.”

To see more responses:

Part 46: Faruq Banna, Arnold Kauk (Australia), and Shahul Salim (India)
Part 47
: Reed Sims (USA), Karen Soeters (Netherlands), and Kebebe Ergano
Part 48
: @FoodSecurityNet, Howarth Bouis, Roger (Uganda)
Part 49
: Quintino Cabral Quade (São Tomé and Príncipe), Jill M. Smith Warning (USA), and Kathleen Guillozet (Ethiopia)
Part 50: Njoh Wanduku (Cameroon), Brian Cady, Brian Nugent (Kenya)

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

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