How Agriculture Can Help Alleviation in Poverty: Expert Insights From Enoch Mayfield

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Hunger, poverty, and scarcity are the most contentious issues in our economy and development. Agriculture accounts for a large proportion of our GDP, and food constitutes a high percentage of the expenditure of poor people. As agricultural productivity increases,  prices of agricultural commodities fall. Lower prices directly benefit consumers, especially low-income households, who spend a large portion of their income on food. Having over ten years of expertise in the agriculture field, Enoch Mayfield founded Mayfield Consulting Solutions, an agricultural consulting firm in Oregon, USA, to provide sustainable agriculture solutions.

Enoch Mayfield is a qualified agriculture expert and consultant in Oregon, US, and completed his graduation in agricultural sciences from Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. Additionally, he completed his master’s degree in crop sciences and holds a Ph.D. degree in Agriculture from Oregon State University. Enoch says, that investing in agriculture reduces poverty and hunger, and we know that agriculture has a direct and indirect impact on all major environmental problems around the world, from the loss of biological diversity to climate change. 

Expert’s Views on Agricultural Growth:

The role of agricultural development in alleviating poverty has attracted widespread attention. He explains that most of the world’s poor still live in rural areas and depend significantly on agriculture for their livelihood. Hence increase in agricultural productivity should lead to an increase in income in agriculture. Growth in agriculture is generally 2 to 3 times more effective in reducing poverty than the same amount of growth generated in other sectors.  Agricultural growth can be described as the whole process of building the circumstances for the agricultural potential with the accumulation of knowledge, the availability of technology, and the allocation of inputs and outputs. He advises about improving the yields of crops and safety measures to increase productivity in crop fields. He added development in the agricultural sector can be defined as the continuous rise in the overall production of agricultural products, crops, a rise in productivity, a constant rise in the farmers’ income, and a rise in the yield per hectare. 

Expert’s Vision and Beliefs:

Enoch Mayfield owes much of his achievements to perseverance, tenacity, and education. He firmly believes that anyone who aspires to become an agricultural engineer should focus on getting an education and being skilled in this field. He believes that an increase in agricultural productivity increases farm total income increases food supply, reduces food prices, and creates more employment opportunities in both rural and urban areas.