Each week we run your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?
Albert Rouamba, AVRDC- World Vegetable Center, Mali says:
“I would like to see more funding support projects that directly increase the incomes of the producers. In the context of West Africa, about 70 percent of the added value goes to the traders and only 30 percent to the producers. Producers in West Africa seem to be working to feed the traders while they are always suffering from poverty and malnutrition. Funding should go towards fair trade.”
Regassa, Ethio-Organic Seed Action (EOSA), says:
“I would like to see more investment in agriculture go to the strengthening of local, farmer-based seed supply systems.”
Luc Mauene, International Fertilizer Industry Association, France says:
“For what it is worth, I would like to mention following areas for increased agricultural funding :
· Training the next generation of agronomists
· Strengthening public agricultural research in developing countries, especially in Africa
· Improving access to markets and knowledge of small-scale farmers.
The most important of the three areas in our view is the training of the next generation of agronomists who will have to ensure food security.”
To read more responses, see:
Part 54: King-David Amoah (Ghana), Tom Hager (USA), & Jim DeVries (USA)
Part 55: Sheila Huggins-Rao, Regassa, & Luc Maene
Part 56: Sandra Kennedy, Ian Walker (Canada), & Shenggen Fan.
Part 57: Bhavani (India), Angeline Munzara, & Yvonne Pinto
Part 58: Seck Madieng (Senegal)
What is your answer? Email me at Dnierenberg@Worldwatch.org or tweet your response to @WorldWatchAg