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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.

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.




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.






Balancing Biodiversity with Agricultural Development

We’re focusing on the upcoming UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting, which is taking place in China this October. With agriculture one of the major causes of biodiversity loss, IFAD's Jo Puri will be talking about how can we balance biodiversity conservation with agricultural development. And Renée Ankarfjärd will be telling us all about the Biodiversity Advantage Two Report. Also we’ll be talking to IFAD’s Associate Vice President Donal Brown about the ongoing response to the...


Connecting Farmers to the Food Systems Summit

In this month’s edition we continue to focus on the first ever UN Food Systems Summit and we’ll be hearing from IFAD's President Gilbert Houngbo and hearing the messages for the Summit from farmers living in developing countries. We talk to Ertharin Cousin, one of the official Champions of the Summit, CEO and President of Food Systems for the Future, and ex-head of the World Food Programme. Also we’ll have Jonathan Davies, lead on agriculture at the International Union for the Conservation...


Food Systems Facing the Future

In this episode, we hear from IFAD’s Associate Vice President Donal Brown, who tells us about how IFAD is preparing for the UN’s Food System Summit and gives us updates on the COVID 19 crisis. We then cross over to Peru for the final part of our series on Women Leaders in Afro Caribbean Communities in South America, this time focusing on climate change. After that, we have news on vertical farming, strategies to fight gender imbalance, and a report from Linda Odhiembo on how regional...


Food systems: From Farm to Plate

In this month's episode, we focus on food systems. Kicking off we have Martin Frick, Deputy Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit, who tells us what exactly a food system is. We then check in with IFAD’s Associate Vice President Meike van Ginneken about IFAD's perspectives on the summit and what it can bring to the debate. Next, we talk gender and cuisine with Brazilian Chef Bela Gil, who also tells us how chefs can use their influence to encourage sustainable consumption. We also hear...


Putting Environment at the Heart of Farming

In this episode we celebrate World Environment Day. IFAD’s Marie Haga and Jo Puri talk about how IFAD is balancing development and the environment when it comes to development. And then with Africa Climate Week coming up we have innovative tales from East and Southern Africa. Plus a new report on Nature Based Solutions in agriculture. We talk to Kehkashan Basu, a UN Human Rights Champion, about how the environment inspired her. Also we check in on changes to environmental policies in...


Episode 19 Farming, COVID and Mental Health

In this episode, we have the latest from IFAD’s Associate Vice President Donal Brown on how small scale farmers are dealing with the COVID 19 Crisis. Also we talk farmers mental health under the pandemic. Then we see how Geographical Information Systems are helping make investments in the right place at the right time in Malawi. Also we have news from West Africa on a competition for the best husband, from Europe on art and agriculture and our mini-series on Afro-descendent communities in...


Farmers Working the Resilience Solution to COVID19

In this episode we have the latest on small scale farmers dealing with the COVID 19 crisis. USAID’s chief nutritionist talks about how we risk a decade’s progress on food security for children and mothers due to the pandemic. Climate Edge talks about bringing digital services to farmers. And with Easter upon us we’re thinking about eggs and chickens. Plus news on the Earthshot Prize and Oscar nominated film maker Alex Jovy talks carbon offsets . And there’s the next part of our mini-series...


Women in Leadership

In this episode, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) as we talk to female leaders working across the board and from across the globe. We get the latest on the COVID 19 crisis more than a year on from Marie Haga, AVP at IFAD. Gender specialist Ndaya Beltchika talks to us about the need for more women in leadership in rural communities. And we hear from Judy Ling Wong – founder of the Black Environment Network in the UK. Plus news on the latest iteration of the world’s biggest fund...


New Vision, New Year

In this month’s episode we’ll be focusing on indigenous peoples and youth as agents of change in the developing world. Kicking off the New Year Associate Vice President at IFAD Meike Van Ginneken sums up last year’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and tells us about IFAD’s first ever virtual Governing Council. We’ll be hearing from IFAD’s Mattia Prayer Galletti, project representatives nominated to the Indigenous Peoples Forum Awards Christopher Bartlett and Maria Manwo from Vanuatu, and Liu...


New Frontiers in Sustainable Farming

In this episode, we say goodbye to a year full of uncertainty and changes, but also adaptation, innovation and improvement. IFAD’s Associate Vice President Donal Brown will give us the latest on IFAD’s response to the pandemic and its expected impact in 2021. We’ll be talking about disability inclusion and about Gender-Based Violence and hear from the Slow Food Foundation about the Terra Madre 2020 event. Experts on agroecology Miguel Altieri and Salvatore Ceccarelli will be joining us to...


Innovations In Agriculture during COVID-19

In this month’s programme we’ll be travelling around the world hearing about new technologies that focus on ensuring food security. But first we hear the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on agriculture in the developing world from Marie Haga, Associate Vice-President at IFAD. Our journey begins in Côte d’Ivoire in Sub Saharan Africa, where Florent Clair from Chemical Industrial Company UPL will tell us about their latest biotechnological products. Heading up northeast from...


Recovering. Rebuilding. Resilience. under COVID19

In this month’s programme we get the latest on the COVID 19 Crisis from IFAD’s Associate Vice President Donal Brown. News on nutrition from Laos and a report on getting youth right in development. We also talk to a leading light of the agro-ecological movement in Italy Marco Minciaroni. Plus – lights, camera, action - we hear from IFAD’s Director for the Near East, North Africa and Europe about her recent move in to the film business. Then we have the next in our Meet the Experts – this...


Building Back Better - Investing In Farming Under Covid-19

In this month’s programme, we hear from IFAD's Associate Vice President Marie Haga about how vital it is under COVID-19 for governments to invest in rural communities in developing countries. Also we talk to coffee giant Lavazza about how coffee growing communities are fighting the pandemic. And news on ways to fight land degradation in Africa from the World Agroforestry Centre. We have the next episode in our Meet the Experts mini-series and another adventure with IFAD's Recipes for Change...


Building Farmers’ Resilience to Cope With COVID19

As COVID 19 remains prevalent, our attention is on building farmers’ resilience, specifically in Latin American. We start with a conversation with FAD’s Associate Vice President Donal Brown who shares how COVID 19 is effecting farming communities across the developing world. Then, our first offering is a new series, Meet the Experts. Followed by stories from Brazil, Bolivia, Chili and Peru. We conclude with our Recipes for Change segment with celebrity Italian chef, Carlo Cracco. For more...


Keeping Farmers in Focus in a COVID 19 World

Keeping Farmers in Focus with the latest on the COVID 19 Crisis and how farming communities are coping with the crisis. We spoke to IFAD’s President Gilbert Hongbou. We also took a at the world of livestock farming with Antonio Rotta, to explore what the hot issues are and where the innovations are coming from. Plus we visited livestock projects in Kenya with Guyo Roba in Nairobi. Also we talked to the boss of the 4 per thousand initiative, Paul Luu – about how healthy soils can act as a...


Young People In Agriculture Before, During, And Post COVID-19

How is IFAD helping young farmers cope with the COVID-19 crisis and build resilience for the future? This month we will hear from IFAD's Associate Vice President, Paul Winters, on this topic and more. Rahul Antao, from IFAD's youth team, will tell us all about youth empowerment and the agribusiness hubs. We will take you to the Pacific Islands where Recipes for Change Chef Lance Seeto has some news to share about his new Fijian restaurant. Danietta Apisai will also join us from Kiribati for...


Balancing The Pandemic, Biodiversity And Farming

We have news on how farmers in the developing world are dealing with the COVID 19 crisis from IFAD’s Marie Haga. Also IFAD’s UN Goodwill Ambassadors actors Idris and Sabrina Elba talk to us about why they support IFAD and its recently launched Facility that’s designed to deal with the impacts of the crisis. We celebrate World Environment Day with IFAD's Margarita Astralaga. And we have the latest on why land rights are so important. Plus Italian Celebrity Chef Carlo Cracco tells us all...


Investing In Food During Coronavirus

In this month’s programme we have an update on IFAD's operations and the corona virus pandemic. We are also focusing on Food and Forests. We have news on nutrition and development with IFAD’s Joyce Njoro. And we hear from two of Africa’s most important chefs Chef Ali Artiste and Chef Ska Moteane. They've been out and about visiting IFAD projects in their region. Plus more news of what IFAD is doing on forestry with a look at Morocco. And we hear from Chris Smaje who champions smallholder...


Dealing with the Covid-19 Crisis

We’re coming to you ahead of schedule with an extra edition to give you an important update from IFAD’s President Gilbert Houngbo on the impacts of corona virus on IFAD’s work with farmers in developing countries, and what we’re putting in place to keep doing what we do. The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the world’s economy is going to be extremely severe. And that includes the agricultural sector. Restrictions on the movement of people, goods and services, as well as containment...


Indigenous Peoples in the Farming Front Seat

With the 19th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place in New York in April we focus on Indigenous Peoples issues around agriculture. Talking to us is Mattea Galletti, IFAD’s lead technical specialist on indigenous peoples’ issues, Wolde Tadesse, a board member of the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility at IFAD, and Dalí Nolasco Cruz a member of the Indigenous Terra Madre Networks Advisory Board. Also news on what happened when the Farmers Forum got together here in Rome....