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Pablo Tittonell: Dishing up the dirt

March 2016
Pablo Tittonell, Professor and Chair of the Farming Systems Ecology Group at Wageningen University. It is estimated that about 25 per cent of the soils in the world are degraded, are in a severely degraded state, and we are talking about agricultural soils in particular, soils that we are using for cultivation.

Ndongo Samba Sylla: Le commerce équitable et le défi de la transformation rurale durable

March 2016
Ndongo Samba Sylla, economiste du développement: Le commerce équitable. La plupart d'entre vous en ont certainement déjà entendu parler. Je parie même que certains parmi vous ont déjà acheté un produit CE dans un supermarché ou commandé une tasse de café CE.

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas: Essential elements

March 2016
Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Senior Manager, Social Responsibility, and Executive Director, The Mosaic Company Foundation: I would like all of you to imagine a world where everyone has enough food to eat, especially smallholder farmers and their families.

Maximo Torero: Connectivity, content and kids

March 2016
Maximo Torero, Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI): What I am going to talk about today is a little bit different. I am going to talk about the consumer, which will be the small farmer, the producer and the supply of information to them, how this demand is governed by the supply of information and technology for them to have access to that information.

Kari Huhtala: Essential elements

March 2016
Kari Huhtala, Helsinki Pellervo Society, Cooperative Director: Good afternoon to everybody. These days many people are concerned about food and the food chain, if the food is safe and healthy or if it is too expensive or too cheap.

Gunnar Rundgren: The cost of cheap food

March 2016
Gunnar Rundgren, author and former President, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements: Thank you so much. This banana is bought across the street for 36 cents. This banana is bought across the street in the same shop for 66 cents, so how come?

Gabriela Soto Muñoz: Empowering farmers while going organi

March 2016
Gabriela Soto Muñoz, Eco-LOGICA, President: Thank you very much. Good afternoon to everyone. Thank you especially to IFAD for this wonderful opportunity to talk about the link between the consumer and the producers, and the organic certification. To do that I want to take you to three moments in history.

Emma Naluyima: In praise of pigs

March 2016
Emma Naluyima - Smallholder farmer and veterinarian: I wake up every morning at 4 a.m. to hold a board meeting with my pigs. They say to me, if you take care of us we shall take care of you all the way to the barn.

Chris Davis: A fair change experience

March 2016
Chris Davis, Fairtrade International: Good morning. I would like to take you back in time 25 years to Oaxaca State in Mexico. A very sudden and rapid drop in world coffee prices as a result of subsidized overproduction, forced thousands upon thousands of small farmers to abandon their farms and migrate in search of work. Behind them, they left broken families and shattered communities

Beatrice Makwenda: The future belongs to organised farmers

March 2016
Beatrice Makwenda, Policy and Programmes Coordinator of the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM):

Apollinaire Djikeng: Lessons from the ugly pig

March 2016
Apollinaire Djikeng, Director of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub: For many years I have kept a personal association and a personal importance to livestock.

Andrew Rugasira: Farmers and private sector - key to rural transformation

March 2016
Andrew Rugasira, Founder and CEO of Good African Coffee: Allow me to set the scene for my talk with some statistics. Every day, 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world. The producer countries, that is, Brazil with 37 million bags every year, Viet Nam with 24 million bags every year, right down to my own country Uganda with 3 million bags, earn US$24 billion a year from their coffee.

The Camelid Solution

March 2016
Guillermo Vila Melo, Agronomist and founding member of the Association of Camelid of Argentina (ACA): As Ms Samii said, I shall be introducing you to my very first love, llamas and alpacas. Llamas on your right-hand side and alpacas on your left.

Stories from the field

February 2016
Nepalese migrants send home $1.5 billion every year - over 20% of the country's GDP. Many of the women here rely on these remittances to survive. Now Savings and Credit Organisations, supported by IFAD and the Nepal Center for Micro-Finance, are facilitating safe money transfers and encouraging people to save. This is transforming villages like Makrahar where, for the first time, people are able to access credit.

Recipes for Change: Tuna with Taro Leaves

November 2015
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Fiji's favorite chef, Lance Seeto, discovers how prolonged drought is threatening taro - Tonga's staple ingredient - when he joins a local farmer to cook Luu Ika (tuna with taro leaves).

Burundi: Justice for Maura

November 2015
Burundi's civil war may have ended more than two decades ago, but violence in the country continues. Many of its victims are women, whose rights under the law are often ignored. Now a unique legal aid programme is helping thousands of women like Maura Ntukamazina learn about the law and reclaim their rights.

Uganda: Imagine your life differently

October 2015
Twenty thousand families in 13 districts of Uganda are now imagining their lives differently. By creating a shared vision, husbands and wives are not only finding ways to break out of their poverty, but they are discovering the value of equality in their homes.

IFAD and Shamba Shape-Up

May 2015
With the fourth and latest series of Shamba Shape-Up, Kenya's most watched agriculture TV show, IFAD staff have been talking to smallholder farmers about a range of practical issues, from cow care and livestock resilience to climate-change adaption.

Nicole Mason: The scope on fertilizer subsides

May 2015
icole Mason, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University: It is a great pleasure to be here. I want to start out in Southern Zambia, we have two farmers' fields here.

How courage brigades have transformed community life in Madhya Pradesh, India

January 2015
In thousands of villages across the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, women are standing up for their rights.

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