Part 53: 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. Dennis Karamuzi, Heifer International, Rwanda says:

“I believe more agricultural funding should be directed towards supporting farming enterprises particularly the small scale livestock and crop integrated projects. This ensures the agricultural support especially in Africa reaches the target subsistence farmer populations on which most families rely. This ensures a sustained growth with potential for surplus production that will be sold to earn income thereby overtime creating self sufficiency”

2. Mark Muller, Institute for Agriculture and Trad Policy (IATP), USA says:

“The fundamental challenge is that innovations that can be patented and financially lucrative are seeds and chemicals. Yet the most potential and opportunity for addressing global hunger issues lies in innovative cropping systems, a research need that has not been appropriately incentivized. Rather than directing more funding into innovative cropping systems, I think the USDA and other corresponding organizations could provide a tremendous benefit by using financial rewards, contests or some other method of supporting innovative farmers and researchers to study and document the benefits of diverse, integrated cropping systems.”

3. @Peterballantyne (via twitter), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) says:

“More agricultural funding is needed to properly document, share, & communicate our ag knowledge, bottom to top”

To read more responses, see:

Part 48: @FoodSecurityNet, Howarth Bouis, & Roger (Uganda)
Part 49: Quintino Cabral Quade (São Tomé and Príncipe), Jill M. Smith Warning (USA), & Kathleen Guillozet (Ethiopia)
Part 50: Njoh Wanduku (Cameroon), Brian Cady, & Brian Nugent (Kenya)
Part 51: Gideon Behar (Senegal), Benjamin Tchoffo (Cameroon), & Stephanie Hanson (Kenya)
Part 52: Chris Reij (Netherlands), Matty Demont (Senegal), & Ann Waters-Bayer (Germany)

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

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