Farmers need better information to help lead the global fight against poverty




Farmers can lead the fight against climate change and poverty, two of the greatest challenges of our time, but only if we improve the information they have to make decisions, says UN chief scientist for food and agriculture.

“The problem is how to get the information to farmers,” Ismahane Elouafi said on CGTN Europe’s Innovation, Action, Change special. “We have to do it in a language that the farmers understand. And that means you have education issues, you have literacy issues, you have access to technology in terms of cost and know-how – it there are a lot of problems. “

Elouafi says policymakers need to look at how innovation works in the private sector if they are to improve the situation.

“Getting the information back to the farmer has always been difficult. We have seen a lot of innovations that were created by universities or other public institutions, but never came to fruition. On the contrary, with the private sector, you really see that the innovation flow is working very well. And it is thanks to the economic model of the private sector, ”she said.

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