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DISCUSSION No. 148   •   FSN Forum digest No. 1341

Eradicating extreme poverty: what is the role of agriculture?

until 24 April 2018

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Dear Members,

The online discussion Eradicating extreme poverty: what is the role of agriculture? is coming to a close today and we are happy to see so many comments still coming in. Please find below an overview of the latest ones received: they provide many views on how agriculture can support the eradication of extreme poverty, including concrete examples and case studies.

For the full range of contributions received, please refer to the proceedings here. A report on the results will be prepared by the FSN Forum team and shared with you over the next weeks.

We would like to thank you all for your interest in this discussion topic.

Your FSN Forum team


iconKamaludin Abdullahi, Makerere University, Uganda

Kamaludin mentions the agronomic systems in Somalia where local agricultural crops suitable to the environment and covering the needs of local geographic zones proved to be sustainable.

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iconAlum Daisy, Makerere University, Uganda

Alum presents the case of school feeding in Uganda which prompted a virtuous circle promoting local agriculture production.

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iconTaibat Moji Yusuf, Kwara State University, Nigeria

Taibat elaborates on the paths that agriculture offers to lifts rural communities out of extreme poverty. She identifies contract farming as a promising model for linking small-holders to markets and participation in agriculture value chain as an avenue to pursue by those without access to productive resources and presents the successful case of a scheme organised by AMO, a Nigerian poultry company.

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iconRauben Kazungu, Makerere University, Uganda

Rauben focuses on the context of rural poverty in Uganda, where loss of soil fertility has dropped into poverty and food insecurity many households and suggests ways to address the needs of poor farmers.

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iconJodean Remengesau, FAO, Italy

Jodean reflects on alternative ways to help the extreme poor. She highlights the roles of public and private partnerships (PPP) in bringing about fruitful progress and of agri-food companies in offering solutions to eradicating poverty and increasing food and nutrition security.

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iconHarriet Nsubuga, Agribusiness Management Associates, Uganda

Harriet provides some examples of casual or full-time employment in agriculture and that could be further developed and expanded through training opportunities.

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iconMithare Prasad, SHUATS, India

According to Mithare, agriculture should be adopted as a major occupation of the rural society to overcome extreme poverty; he elaborates on several aspects and measures to be taken in this regard, including good agriculture practices, family farming, rural employment guarantee programmes and many others.

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iconPreet Lidder, FAO, Italy

Based on the results of a recent Science Forum on Agricultural Research for Rural Prosperity, Preet elaborates on the links between agricultural research and poverty reduction and shares some related resources. Agricultural research has mostly an indirect effect on poverty and pathways through which agricultural research could contribute to reductions in poverty and associated vulnerabilities are complex, interdependent and context specific.

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iconAdebayo Depo, IADR, Togo

Adebayo stresses the central role of agriculture in lifting people out of poverty, provided that the value chain is managed equitably and that policies are implemented which facilitate access to resources; extreme poor who lack assets should be engaged in the agriculture value chain.

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iconCostas Apostolides, EMS Economic Management ltd, Cyprus

Costas presents the approaches of rural development projects implemented in Cyprus and focuses in particular on the model of a recent EU-funded LIFE Project in which the basic idea is to link agricultural production with marketing, product research, and treat the village or the area/region as a brand.

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iconSuzan Donald, Szanna Farm Cottage, Tanzania

Based on her experience, Suzan suggests that farms which operate near the extreme poor should provide knowledge, training and support for organizing farm groups to grow crops for their own use and surplus for sale.

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iconSonali Phate, Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, India

Sonali presents the case of the Wardha district in Western India, where farmers are suffering from repeated crop failures over the past few years and how the Foundation he works for is supporting households in developing income generating activities which complement agriculture.

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iconStephen Dania, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria

Stephen lists some steps to take to eradicate poverty, quoting, amongst others, the role of extension services, financial support, access to market and infrastructure.

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iconNickson Omutelema, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya

Nickson brings up the aspect of orphan crops which, like in the example of arrowroot in Kenya, can require less skills and inputs.

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iconBrandon Eisler, Nutritional Diversity, Panama

Brandon elaborates on the potential use of unrecognised or yet unrecognised resources offered by the natural environment and how these can help in promoting sustainable food security and nutrition.

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iconJoel Ruvigo, JSR Traders, Tanzania

Joel reflects on the many factors affecting food insecurity and extreme poverty and how they are strictly related to policies. He calls for a coordinating mechanism to address agriculture reforms geared towards the eradication of hunger and shares a related article.

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iconFlorence Egal, Food security and nutrition expert, Italy

Florence calls for a clarification of the terms “agriculture” and “extreme poor” and promotes the use of territorial approaches and sustainable local development strategies to address food security and poverty eradication.

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iconOlutosin Otekunrin, Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria

Olutosin shares his views on the set of policies that are necessary to address food security and poverty eradication, with agriculture and rural interventions playing a central role.

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iconDr Amanullah, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan

Amanullah suggests that international cooperation agencies should support agriculture research projects of universities in poor countries.

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