20 podcasts we will be listening to in 2020

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20 podcasts we will be listening to in 2020

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We asked colleagues for their favourite podcasts on topics related to development, food, agriculture and climate. If you are looking to learn something new in 2020, check out the links below. Have some other suggestions? Let us know in the comments on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Farms. Food. Future. - IFAD
Through this podcast, IFAD raises awareness on the challenges smallholder farmers in developing countries are facing around food security. They include interviews with IFAD experts, partners and donors, celebrities and farmers to promote the power of smallholder farmers as a force for change.

Farming Today
This BBC Radio 4 podcast is based on content from the programme that began life in 1960. It reviews current affairs in agriculture, food, farming and the countryside.

Between the Lines - Exploring books for a better world
This podcast series by the Institute of Development Studies explores books with ideas for positive social and environmental change. Each month they feature a book and interview its author.

For Food’s Sake
These are some down-to-earth conversations about the food on our plates and its impact on people and the planet. For Food’s Sake recognises that consumers have a responsibility to inform themselves about food systems, and ensure that our food is produced without harming our planet. It also recognises that people are busy and complex ideas need to be digestible.

Covering contemporary issues according to the countries and regions of the world, this French language podcast tries to grasp the differences between cultures that clash and rub against one another in the great maelstrom of globalization.

The Sustainability Agenda
Leading sustainability thinkers offer their views on the biggest sustainability challenges, share the latest thinking, identify what’s working –and what needs to change — and think about the future of sustainability.

Center for Global Development podcast
International development experts share their ideas on how wealthy countries can promote prosperity in developing countries.

The Guardian's 12-part series on climate change
The editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger calls the Guardian team to arms and challenges them: can they find a new way to report on climate change? He outlines why this is the most important story in the world and why most of the fossil fuels we already know about need to be kept in the ground.

Sustainability defined
Each episode of the podcast focuses on a single topic that pushes sustainability forward. They explain each topic with the help of an experienced professional to define what sustainability is.

EAT podcast
The podcasts spotlight the work of activist chefs and farmers, visionary leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and world-class scientists who are transforming the way we produce, consume and think about food.

Awake at night - UNHCR
What does it take to be a humanitarian worker in some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous locations? To find out, Melissa Fleming meets them.

Hacking hunger podcast - WFP
This podcast from the World Food Program shares hidden, human stories about food on the front lines of hunger.

ClimateTech Podcast - UNEP
In this podcast series, experts and practitioners present their views and insights on specific technologies or sectors, that can help us address the climate crisis, and more importantly, how we can speed up its implementation in the developing world.

UNcomplicated – United Nations
UNcomplicated is a new podcast from UN News that grew out of a coffee shop conversation between UN staffer Sinduja Srinivasan and her friend Jason DeWall, who had never set foot inside UN Headquarters.

Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg
Food Tank's Dani Nierenberg chats with the most important folks in the food industry about the most important food news twice a week.

Target Zero Hunger – FAO
Target: Zero Hunger is a podcast about global food security. With the latest research and the help of farmers, development experts and decision-makers around the world, each episode explores the food challenges and solutions of our time.

Covering everything from how the carrot became orange to why certain animals (chickens, cows, pigs) became the go-to meats of choice.

ROOTS – IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation
The personal stories of people who participate in IFAD-funded projects to share knowledge and learning amongst rural communities around the world.

Bite – Mother Jones
Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. Join a guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate.

The slow melt
Slow Melt is the first podcast dedicated to exploring chocolate in terms of the people, places and processes behind the US$100 billion industry. It discusses all aspects of chocolate’s story from flavour and chemistry to conservation and sustainability to global markets and geography.