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Farms. Food. Future. looks at the big issues facing farmers in the developing world and what needs to be done to wipe out global hunger while dealing with the climate crisis. It’s brought to you by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development and presented by Brian Thomson.

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Farms. Food. Future. looks at the big issues facing farmers in the developing world and what needs to be done to wipe out global hunger while dealing with the climate crisis. It’s brought to you by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development and presented by Brian Thomson.

    Good Nutrition Better Lives - Focus on Africa

    Good Nutrition Better Lives - Focus on Africa

    In Africa, just under 800 million people are facing food insecurity. And that situation is made worse by a triple crisis - COVID-19, climate change and conflict. In this podcast our team in Nairobi, Dakar and Cairo take us on a journey through the nutrition landscape for small scare farmers across the continent of Africa.
    Also in podcast 34 we go to Lesotho to see how CO2 emissions from farming are being reduced. We have the second part of our series focusing on Youth Agribusiness Hub - this time from Rwanda. Then we have our final visit to the Global Donor Platform where we’ll be hearing from IFAD’s Associate Vice President Satu Santala. And our Research and Impact gurus are taking a look at a project in Tamil Nadu, India.
    This is Farms. Food. Future. – a podcast that’s Good for You, Good for the Planet and Good for Farmers brought to you by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
    For more information:
    https://www.ifad.org/en/podcasts/episode34 https://www.ifad.org/en/nutrition https://www.ifad.org

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Building Resilience in a Time of Famine

    Building Resilience in a Time of Famine

    20 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starvation, largely due to a four year drought which has created the driest conditions in the area in forty years. Dr. Joseph Awange and IFAD’s Satu Santala look at the root cause of famine and the solutions we can put in place. Also joining us is climate specialist Paxina Chileshe who looks at resilience building for rural communities in east and southern Africa. Plus, we hear from two farmers in Kenya about how they are dealing with drought.
    Land tenure specialist Harold Liversage examines how better land tenure can reduce conflicts over land and water which are increasing due to climate degradation. Our Recipes for Change campaign takes on two new exciting chefs from India, Chef Zacharias and Chef Dhondy. We also look at how young people in rural communities are being motivated to make a better life closer to home with the help of agribusiness hubs. And we have our third of four visits to the good people at the Global Donor Platform. Finally, we hear about a project in Zambia where resilience building is at the fore.
    This is Farms. Food. Future. – a podcast that’s Good for You, Good for the Planet and Good for Farmers brought to you by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
    For more information:
    https://www.ifad.org/en/podcasts/episode33

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Insects as Food and Feed

    Insects as Food and Feed

    This month's episode focuses on the use of insects as food for humans and feed for livestock. Dr. Eric Smaling from Wageningen University provides a global perspective on increasing the impact of edible insects. Dr. Sevgan Subramanian at ICIPE talks about turning plagues of pests into protein. IFAD's Antonio Rota also joins us. Chef Joseph Yoon of Brooklyn Bugs and Shobhita Soor of Legendary Foods Africa talk about the culinary, cultural, nutrition and business side of things.
    Back in the programme is Lara Gilmore who cofounded Food for Soul. Then we have the second in our series from the Global Donor Platform and news from Tajikistan in the second part of our Impact Assessment mini-series.
    This is Farms. Food. Future. – a podcast that’s Good for You, Good for the Planet and Good for Farmers brought to you by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
    For more information:
    https://www.ifad.org/podcasts/episode32 https://www.brooklynbugs.com/ https://legendaryfoodsafrica.com/ https://www.foodforsoul.it/  

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Closing The Social Justice Gap

    Closing The Social Justice Gap

    This month we focus on the issue of social justice for rural communities. We talk to IFAD’s Associate Vice President Jo Puri about the problem of growing social inequality. Wageningen University's Professor Ken Giller looks at how food systems can be transformed for rural prosperity. And then Food For Soul's Lara Gilmore tells us how she and her Michelin starred chef-husband, Massimo Bottura, are opening up opportunities for social and economic mobility.
    Also news from the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa. And we speak to farmers from Kenya and Guyana about how they're improving the lives of their communities. Plus we have news from the Champion of the Earth Award wining Sea Women of Melanesia. Then the first of a three part series from the Global Donor Platform. And then we have another new series where we look at news from our projects and how we assess the real impact of where we spend that donor money.
    This is Farms. Food. Future. – a podcast that’s Good for You, Good for the Planet and Good for Farmers brought to you by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
    For more information, visit us at
    https://www.ifad.org/podcasts/episode31
    Additional links:
    https://www.ifad.org/en/climate-and-environment https://www.ifad.org/en/web/latest/-/transforming-food-systems-for-rural-prosperity https://www.foodforsoul.it/ https://afsafrica.org/https://www.coralseafoundation.net  

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Putting Nature at the Heart of Farming

    Putting Nature at the Heart of Farming

    In this month’s edition we focus on biodiversity and agriculture. As the CBD COP15 takes place in China we're talking about a new biodiversity strategy – putting sustainable agriculture at the heart of IFAD’s operations. Also we’ll be hearing from IFAD projects that mainstream biodiversity conservation in Haiti, Turkey and Eswatini. And we see how ecological farming in Bangladesh is reaping rewards.
    Plus we’ll be making a deep dive in to yak wool production and news of how artificial intelligence is making its way into the farmyard with Seeker Technologies. We’re also proud to welcome a new chef to IFAD’s Recipes for Change programme – Chef Rob Rubba from Washington DC. And with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place in New York we find out more about why Free Prior and Informed Consent is where it’s at.
    This is Farms. Food. Future. – a podcast that’s Good for You, Good for the Planet and Good for Farmers brought to you by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
    For more information, visit us at
    https://www.ifad.org/podcasts/episode30

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow

    Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow

    In this month’s edition we’ll be focusing on International Women’s Day 2022. We’ll be talking to the IFAD gender and social inclusion lead Ndaya Beltchika. Also we have news from projects that won the IFAD Gender Awards with reports from Tunisia, Nigeria, Kenya, Nicaragua and the Philippines. And we’ll also be hearing from a Buddhist nun in South Korea. Known as the philosopher chef, Jeong Kwan has an interesting take on sustainable food systems and cooking. This is Farms. Food. Future. – a podcast that’s Good for You, Good for the Planet and Good for Farmers brought to you by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
    For more information, visit us at https://www.ifad.org/podcasts/episode29 https://www.ifad.org/gender https://www.ifad.org/climate

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