04 Feb '12, 8pm

West African farmers heard at UK Houses of Parliament:

It might seem obvious that African farmers, who have successfully fed their families and, in turn, much of rural Africa, would be the first to be consulted on what agricultural research would benefit them. But a series of citizen juries carried out previously in West Africa and facilitated by IIED researchers and partners have revealed that much African agricultural research doesn’t meaningfully involve farmers or reflect their priorities. This is the main problem that a video linking up West African Farmers and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) , a major funder of agricultural research in Africa, with the UK Houses of Parliament held yesterday and today is meant to discuss. Ironically, the obstacles facing the video teleconference, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group of Agroecology in Westminster, are commonly faced by those carrying out action ...

Full article: http://www.iied.org/blogs/west-african-farmers-heard-at-u...

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