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Farms. Food. Future.

Farms. Food. Future.

Twice a month, with new episodes on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

Through the podcast, we raise awareness on 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.

It promotes the power of smallholder farmers as a force for change.

Farms. Food. Future. 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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Bridging the nutrition gap in Africa - Episode 63

July 2024 - PODCAST

In this episode, we embark on a culinary journey across West Africa and introduce IFAD’s newest Recipes for Change chef.

Farming with pride for inclusive agriculture – Episode 62

June 2024 - PODCAST

Hear from LGBTQ+ farmers forging inclusive spaces in vegetable farming, beekeeping and beyond.

Harnessing diversity for agricultural resilience – Episode 61

June 2024 - PODCAST

With the right support, every rural person can rise above challenges and drive development. From Malawi to Brazil, hear from the farmers rewriting the agricultural narrative.

From bees to trees: bringing nature back into agriculture – Episode 60

May 2024 - PODCAST

To celebrate World Biodiversity Day, we explore how rural communities are making farming green again. Tune in to hear from a young Zimbabwean and global conservation leaders.

Rural Malawians on building back after Cyclone Freddy – Episode 59

May 2024 - PODCAST

A year on from Cyclone Freddy, hope is returning to Malawi’s farms. Tune in to hear directly from the small-scale farmers who are building back stronger with IFAD's support.

Regenerative agriculture: from soil to sustainability – Episode 58

April 2024 - PODCAST

Hear from global  leaders in regenerative agriculture – and learn how IFAD is leveraging their techniques to combat climate change in rural communities. 

Agriculture’s Indigenous trailblazers – Episode 57

April 2024 - PODCAST

On this episode, Indigenous leaders from Nepal, Mexico and Kenya weigh in on what it means to protect the planet while preserving their cultures, and fighting for the right to land, nutrition and education. 

Rural youth rocking the digital age – Episode 56

March 2024 - PODCAST

In this episode, we speak to three young YouTubers and TikTokers in Latin America who are bringing their rural lives to the world via our screens – and encouraging young rural people to build a future at home.

Women shaping sustainable food systems – Episode 55

March 2024 - PODCAST

To mark International Women's Day, we explore how gender inequality and gender-based violence can be overcome to build inclusive, sustainable food systems.

Zero waste, full plates: winning with school meals - Episode 54

February 2024 - PODCAST

In this episode, we explore why we must pursue zero hunger and zero waste as joint goals. In particular, we look at how these efforts are crucial for children, who depend on nutritious diets for healthy development.

Swaying the power of seaweed - Episode 53

February 2024 - PODCAST

Seaweed packs a punch. It produces more than half of the world’s oxygen and removes millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. It's also incredibly nutritious and easily cultivated, with seaweed farming making up nearly a third of all marine aquaculture.

Navigating marine biodiversity for a better tomorrow – Episode 52

January 2024 - PODCAST

Marine biodiversity is a precious resource – but it has long been under threat. Today's coral reefs, for example, cover half the area they did in 1950, and nearly 10 per cent of marine life is at risk of extinction.

A bright new year for rural people – Episode 51

December 2023 - PODCAST

In this episode, IFAD Vice-President 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.

Investing in climate resilience - Episode 50

November 2023 - PODCAST

COP28 is just around the corner – our 50th episode focuses on small-scale farmers and their resilience in the face of climate change.

Harvesting equality in rural households - Episode 49

October 2023 - PODCAST

Rural women are at the heart of agriculture – yet they’ve less resources, time and decision-making power than men. So how does IFAD combat gender inequality in rural communities?

Counting the cost of malnutrition - Episode 48

September 2023 - PODCAST

In this episode, we’re tackling malnutrition, with a spotlight on an intriguing report on obesity in developing countries.

Future proofing farming for youth - episode 47

August 2023 - PODCAST

The future of farming belongs to rural youth. In this episode, we explore how to enhance productivity and empower young farmers.

Remittances for rural development – Episode 46

July 2023 - PODCAST

Remittances are a lifeline for countless people across the world. In this episode we look at the ways in which these funds have revolutionised rural development.

SIDS, food security and climate shocks – Episode 45

June 2023 - PODCAST

Join us and IFAD’s Climate change and environmental specialist Oliver Page to learn more about how to help the small-scale farmers and fishers strengthen their climate resilience in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Fighting water scarcity with innovation – Episode 44

May 2023 - PODCAST

This month we are focusing on water scarcity.

Bigging up biodiversity – Episode 43

April 2023 - PODCAST

This month on Farms.Food.Future we immersed ourselves in the world of biodiversity, ahead of World  Biodiversity Day on 22 May.

Innovating for a sustainable farming future – Episode 42

March 2023 - PODCAST

Our catchword of the month is innovation.

Bridging the digital gender gap – Episode 41

February 2023 - PODCAST

In the run-up to International Women’s Day, we explore the impact of the digital gender gap.

Promoting indigenous voices - Episode 40

January 2023 - PODCAST

With IFAD’s Indigenous Peoples’ Forum coming up in February, we focus on a crucial yet underrepresented group in the fight for climate change: Indigenous Peoples.

Putting our money where our mouth is – Episode 39

December 2022 - PODCAST

First up, we’d like to introduce you to IFAD’s new President, Alvaro Lario, who tells us about his plans for the agency.

Building biodiversity for a successful farming future – Episode 38

November 2022 - PODCAST

This month we kick off with the Conference of the Parties on Biological Diversity, or COP 15, followed by three IFAD projects that put biodiversity and conservation at the forefront of their missions.

Climate Change in Africa, what’s really happening? –  Episode 37

October 2022 - PODCAST

COP27 is upon us – join us for an African perspective on what to expect from this year’s UN climate change conference in Egypt.

Fighting Climate Change in South Asia – Episode 36

September 2022 - PODCAST

From chefs in India to fisheries in Maldives, we examine how the relationship between agriculture and climate change is affecting South Asia. We also reflect on 75 years of independence in India and Pakistan and learn about IFAD’s work in Bhutan and Maldives, and so much more in this bumper episode.

Racking up Renewables in Africa - Episode 35

August 2022 - PODCAST

With fossil fuels dwindling and access to energy already scarce in Africa, people are turning to renewable energy. In this month’s podcast, energy specialist, Dan Martin, explains how IFAD incorporates renewable energy into its projects, while a farmer tells us about the reality of renewable energies on the ground.

Good Nutrition Better Lives, Focus on Africa - Episode 34

July 2022 - PODCAST

In Africa, almost 800 million people are facing food insecurity. This situation is made worse by a triple crisis - COVID-19, climate change, and conflict. In this podcast, our team take us on a journey through the nutrition landscape for small-scale farmers across Africa.

Building Resilience in a Time of Famine – Episode 33

June 2022 - PODCAST

20 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starvation, largely due to a four-year drought making the region the driest it’s been in forty years. Dr Joseph Awange and IFAD’s Satu Santala discuss the root causes of famine and the solutions we can put in place.

Insects to Feed the World – Episode 32

May 2022 - PODCAST

This month's episode focuses on the use of insects to feed the world – both as food for humans and feed for livestock.

Closing the Social Justice Gap – Episode 31

April 2022 - PODCAST

This episode is all about closing the social justice gap in rural communities and developing countries.

Putting Nature at the Heart of Farming - Episode 30

March 2022 - PODCAST

This month’s episode is all about biodiversity and agriculture.

Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow – Episode 29

February 2022 - PODCAST

This month, in anticipation of International Women’s Day 2022, our focus is on gender equality.

What's in Store for Food Security and Farming in 2022 - Episode 28

January 2022 - PODCAST

This month’s episode is all about what lies ahead for the world of agriculture in 2022.

Innovating Agriculture Into the Future – Episode 27

December 2021 - PODCAST

In our end-of-year episode, we’re focusing on all things innovative in the world of agriculture. We hear from agro-preneurs in Australia, Africa and Asia who are using cutting-edge technologies and exploring new solutions to common problems.

Expanding the Blue Economy in East and Southern Africa – Episode 26

November 2021 - PODCAST

This month’s episode is all about the blue economy – the economic, social and environmental activity that revolves around marine and coastal resources – of the East and Southern Africa region. This sector offers many potential opportunities for governments, the private sector and small-scale producers, along with some challenges.

Adapt Now: Climate change and small-scale farmers – Episode 25

October 2021 - PODCAST

This month’s episode is all about the connections between small-scale farming and climate change as we approach the UN Climate Summit, or COP26, to be held in Glasgow.

Balancing Biodiversity with Agricultural Development – Episode 24

September 2021 - PODCAST

This month’s episode focuses on the upcoming UN Convention on Biological Diversity, set to take place in Kunming, China this October.

Connecting Farmers to the Food Systems Summit – Episode 23

August 2021 - PODCAST

In this month’s episode, we continue our focus on the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit.

Towards the Future of Food Systems – Episode 22

July 2021 - PODCAST

We begin this month’s episode with an update from IFAD’s Associate Vice-President Donal Brown on IFAD’s preparations for the UN Food Systems Summit. He also gives us the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on farmers around the world.

Food Systems From Farm to Plate – Episode 21

June 2021 - PODCAST

This month’s episode is all about food systems.

Putting the Environment at the Heart of Farming – Episode 20

May 2021 - PODCAST

In this month’s episode, we celebrate World Environment Day. Marie Haga, AVP for IFAD, and Jo Puri, Director of IFAD’s ECG Division, talk about how IFAD balances supporting development with protecting the environment.

Farming, COVID, and Farmers’ Mental Health - Episode 19

April 2021 - PODCAST

We begin this month’s episode with the latest from IFAD’s Associate Vice-President Donal Brown on how small-scale farmers are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

Small-scale Farmers Developing Resilience to COVID-19 - Episode 18

March 2021 - PODCAST

In this episode, we bring you the latest on how small-scale farmers are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

Celebrating Women in Leadership Across the Globe - Episode 17

February 2021 - PODCAST

In this episode, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day of observance that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

New Vision, New Year – Episode 16

January 2021 - PODCAST

In this month’s episode, we’re focusing on youth and indigenous peoples as agents of change in the developing world.

New Frontiers in Sustainable Farming – Episode 15

December 2020 - PODCAST

In this episode, we say goodbye to a year that’s been full of uncertainty and change, but also adaptation, innovation and improvement.

Innovations in agriculture during COVID-19 – Episode 14

November 2020 - PODCAST

This month’s programme is all about innovations in agriculture. We’re travelling around the world to hear about new technologies designed to ensure food security.

Recovery, Rebuilding, Resilience Under COVID-19 – Episode 13

October 2020 - PODCAST

In this month’s programme, we have the latest on COVID-19 from IFAD’s Associate Vice-President Donal Brown; news on nutrition from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic; and a report on getting youth issues right in development activities.

Building Back Better: Investing In Farming Under COVID-19 – Episode 12

September 2020 - PODCAST

We begin this month’s programme with a conversation with IFAD's Associate Vice President Marie Haga about how vital it is for governments to invest in rural communities in developing countries, even during COVID-19. 

Coping with COVID-19: Building Farmers’ Resilience - Episode 11

August 2020 - PODCAST

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, many people around the world, including small-scale farmers, are learning how to cope with its various effects. 

Keeping Farmers in Focus in a COVID-19 World - Episode 10

July 2020 - PODCAST

In this month’s programme, we’re keeping farmers in focus. We’ve got the latest on how farming communities are coping with the COVID-19 crisis.

Young People in Agriculture – Before, During and After COVID-19 - Episode 9

June 2020 - PODCAST

IFAD is helping young people in agriculture evaluate the COVID-19 crisis and build their resilience for the future. In this episode, we hear from nine different voices on this important topic.

Balancing the Pandemic, Biodiversity and Farming - Episode 8

May 2020 - PODCAST

In this month’s programme, we explore how to maintain a balance between battling COVID-19 and promoting farming and biodiversity.

Investing in Food in the Time of Coronavirus - Episode 7

April 2020 - PODCAST

We begin this month’s programme with an update on IFAD's operations and on investing in food during the time of coronavirus. 

Dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis - Episode 6

April 2020 - PODCAST

We’re coming to you ahead of schedule with an extra edition: an interview with IFAD’s President Gilbert Houngbo on how the novel coronavirus has impacted IFAD’s work.

Indigenous Peoples in the Farming Front Seat - Episode 5

March 2020 - PODCAST

In IFAD's Podcast Episode 5, we’re focusing on indigenous peoples and the challenges they face when it comes to agriculture. 

Women Powering the Farming Future - Episode 4

February 2020 - PODCAST

In IFAD's Podcast Episode 4, we gear up for International Women’s Day and look at how women are powering the farming future.

Keeping Farming Real - Episode 3

January 2020 - PODCAST

In this month’s programme we look at one of the most pressing issues facing farming today – that of youth and what’s being done to offer interesting and viable options for life on the farm for young people in developing countries.

Action on Climate for Farmers - Episode 2

December 2019 - PODCAST

In this month’s bumper edition of Farms. Food. Future. presented by Brian Thomson, we’ve been all over the UNFCCC COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid.

Farmers on the climate front line - Episode 1

November 2019 - PODCAST

This is the inaugural episode of Farms. Food. Future. In this month’s programme we will be hearing from farmers on the climate front line.

Introduction to IFAD's monthly podcast - It's all about Farms. Food. Future.

November 2019 - PODCAST

Welcome to Farms. Food. Future. A podcast that’s good for you, good for the planet and good for farmers.

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