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Farms. Food. Future.

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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.

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Expanding the Blue Economy in East and Southern Africa

November 22nd, 2021


In this month’s edition we focus on the blue economy in East and Southern Africa and potential opportunities and the challenges for government, the private sector and small-scale producers. Speaking to us is IFAD’s Sara …

Adapt Now - climate change and small scale farmers

October 25th, 2021


In this month’s edition we focus on climate change and farming, talking with Simon Wilson of the Green Climate Fund. IFAD’s Jyotsna Puri will be telling us about ASAP+ as we approach the UN Climate Summit, COP26, in …

Balancing Biodiversity with Agricultural Development

September 27th, 2021


We’re focusing on the upcoming UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting, which is taking place in China this October. With agriculture one of …

Connecting Farmers to the Food Systems Summit

August 30th, 2021


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 …

Food Systems Facing the Future

July 26th, 2021


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 …

Food systems: From Farm to Plate

June 28th, 2021


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 …

Putting Environment at the Heart of Farming

May 31st, 2021


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 …

Episode 19 Farming, COVID and Mental Health

April 26th, 2021


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 …

Farmers Working the Resilience Solution to COVID19

March 29th, 2021


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 …

Women in Leadership

February 22nd, 2021


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 …

New Vision, New Year

January 25th, 2021


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 …

New Frontiers in Sustainable Farming

December 23rd, 2020


In this episode, we say goodbye to a year full of uncertainty and changes, but also adaptation, innovation and improvement. IFAD’s Associate Vice …

Innovations In Agriculture during COVID-19

November 23rd, 2020


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 …

Recovering. Rebuilding. Resilience. under COVID19

October 26th, 2020


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 …

Building Back Better - Investing In Farming Under Covid-19

September 28th, 2020


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 …

Building Farmers’ Resilience to Cope With COVID19

August 24th, 2020


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 …

Keeping Farmers in Focus in a COVID 19 World

July 27th, 2020


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 …

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

June 22nd, 2020


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 …

Balancing The Pandemic, Biodiversity And Farming

May 25th, 2020


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 …

Investing In Food During Coronavirus

April 27th, 2020


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 …

Dealing with the Covid-19 Crisis

April 1st, 2020


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 …

Indigenous Peoples in the Farming Front Seat

March 23rd, 2020


With the 19th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place in New York in April we focus on Indigenous Peoples issues around agriculture. …

Women Powering the Farming Future

February 24th, 2020


It’s International Women’s Day and we speak to IFAD’s lead on gender and social inclusion Ndaya Beltchika. Also we have news from partner projects working on the frontline for women’s rights in Uganda and India.

After …

Keeping Farming Real

January 27th, 2020


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 …

Action on Climate for Farmers

December 23rd, 2019


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.

We have news from farmers in South Africa, on biodiversity and …

Farmers On The Climate Front Line

November 25th, 2019


Find out about the upcoming climate conference in Madrid and why it's important for farmers. We hear from Malawi where women are leading the way to create a thriving farm sector against the backdrop of increasingly …

It's all about Farms. Food. Future.

November 25th, 2019


Every month we’re asking you to pull up a chair, sit down and tune in as show host Brian Thomson chats about the the challenges smallholder farmers …

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