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What steps would you suggest to raise the profile of wild foods within national strategies that focus on food security, climate change, and rural economic growth? (1 réponse)

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Great presentations.  Thank you both very much.  I would like to follow up by getting your opinions on approaches to mainstreaming wild foods within national development strategies. You were very clear that there is a large demand for wild foods and that many generate substantial revenues.  You were also clear that marketing wild foods has been a means for women and other disadvantaged groups to move out of poverty and up the economic ladder.  And, you noted that wild foods reduced the vulnerability of rural populations to climatic and market shocks.  However, with all of these potential benefits--many of them that would help countries make progress against Millennium Challenge Goals--wild crops are often marginalized in national strategies and donors' portfolios.  Consequently, there is very little attention paid to strengthening wild food value chains or reforming policies that would convey more authority (and responsibility) to local populations.  Given the above, what steps would you suggest to raise the profile of wild foods within national strategies that focus on food security, climate change, and rural economic growth?

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    Juill. 27, 2011
    The first stage is to reverse the path of formulation of national strategies from top to botttom to bottom up approaches. Once strategies are formulated at community level with a bias towards wild food the ideas can be foorwarded at a macro level. However the challenge is in that the distribution of wild food is not uniform, hence national strategy should be specific.

    Secondly documentation of wild foods and propagation of such foods is required in order to maintain the biodiversity. It should be noted that most wild foods (plant based) have gone into extinction and several wild foods are faced with the same challenge. Hence the need to preserve and multiply the available sources of wild food.

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