Each day we run three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?
Danielle Nierenberg with Heifer International grantees in Rwanda (photo credit: Bernard Pollack)
1. King-David Amoah, ECASARD, Ghana says:
“I believe that if we are really serious and concerned about poverty reduction and the eradication or extreme hunger, then we need to concentrate on the small holder farmers who constitute more than 60 percent of the population in the developing world who are worst hit by poverty and extreme hunger. The following are my suggestions: (1) Subsidizing Inputs for Family Farm holders (small scale Farmers) (2) Guarantee pricing for the small scale farmers produce (3)Providing Credits to the Women Farmers.
2. Tom Hager, University of Oregon, says:
“Almost all of the millions of tons of synthetic fertilizers in use today were developed in the 1950s-1970s. They work, but half of what is applied to fields ends up in waterways and the atmosphere, adding to nitrate pollution, Dead Zones, and air pollution. We need to find ways to produce more effective, less polluting fertilizers more cheaply, thus making them available more widely, esp. in Africa. Greater uptake by crops and less waste and pollution could greatly ease world hunger without adding to energy or pollution problems. A relatively small commitment here could revolutionize the field and quickly yield great benefits.”
3. Jim Devries, Heifer International, USA says:
“In my opinion we need more funding to allow limited resource farmers and communities to develop social, technical and financial skills to improve their livelihoods and take social action to change policies that affect them. In addition small farmers need capital to invest in improving their production and to help process what they produce in order to capture more of the market value of their products. More funding also needs to go to research specifically targeted to the needs and opportunities of small scale farmers.”
To read more responses, see:
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)
Part 51: Gideon Behar (Senegal), Benjamin Tchoffo (Cameroon), and Stephanie Hanson (Kenya)
Part 52: Chris Reij (Netherlands), Matty Demont (Senegal), and Ann Waters-Bayer (Germany)
Part 53: Dennis Karamuzi (Rwanda), Mark Muller (USA), and @Peterballantyne (via twitter)