Instead of new hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, farmers in West Africa said they want to use local seeds, avoid spending precious cash on chemicals and most importantly to direct public agricultural research, according to a multi-media publication released on World Food Day (Oct. 16). There is a concern about the direction of Africa’s public agriculture research, which is mainly funded by donor countries. Funders exert control over what type of research they fund and that almost always reflects a northern science and technology bias favoring new hybrid seeds that must be purchased every year and chemical fertilizers. Read more here.
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