Episode 51

Published on:

27th Dec 2023

A bright new year for agriculture

In our final episode of the year, we hear from a range of climate leaders and how they plan to tackle some of the planet’s greatest challenges. IFAD Vice-President Gérardine Mukeshimana gives insight into the challenges faced by rural people, followed by fellow IFAD colleagues explaining how we can improve the lives of small-scale farmers.

Xenya Scanlon from UNCCD, tells us about the ongoing battle to combat desertification and what’s in store for 2024. The Secretary General of CITES, Ivonne Higuero, talks to us about human-wildlife coexistence and sustainable species harvesting. Then UNEP’s James Lomax, outlines the 2024 goals for ecosystem preservation. David Ainsworth from CBD explains the balance between conserving biodiversity and global food needs. We introduce you to our newest Recipes for Change chef, Sophie Grigson. Max Cotton updates us on what life is like on a small-scale farm. Finally, Ludovic Larbodière from IUCN discusses water-intensive farming challenges and our Recipes for Change chefs conclude our episode with their holiday wishes for 2024.

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About the Podcast

Farms. Food. Future.
The power of smallholder farmers as a force for change
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 (IFAD) and presented by Brian Thomson.

Through the podcast, IFAD raises awareness of the challenges smallholder farmers in developing countries are facing around food security. Farms. Food. Future. includes interviews with IFAD experts, partners and donors, celebrities, and farmers.

Farms. Food. Future. promotes the power of smallholder farmers as a force for change. It captures the exciting work IFAD is doing working on the front line of farming for development, dealing everyday with climate change, environmental sustainability, gender, youth, nutrition and indigenous peoples’ issues.

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Brian Thomson

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