Millions of people are migrating from rural to urban areas worldwide. They are looking for a better life and job opportunities that will lead them to prosperity and success. Sounds familiar? Yes, the so called “American dream”. Today, with all these big flows of people from rural to urban areas, the cities are not often … More In Pursuit of the African dream
A South Sudanese woman paints a heart wrenching picture of her country. It is struggling to feed itself. Resources are stretched to breaking point. The on-going conflict makes water hard to come by and climate change is only making things worse. “When the drought came, we lost everything”, she says. “We depend on imported food … More Growing peace
A few days back I visited Manali, a famous tourist destination in northern India. Unlike most of the visitors, my trip was not for fun but research survey work. During one of the conversations with my colleagues, I heard about a farmer named Peter, who is based in Manali. As the name sounded unfamiliar – … More When local knowledge brings innovation: A cattle farmer with a different approach
On October 11, 2017, I attended a side event organized by the World Farmers’ Organization and the governments of New Zealand and Canada at the 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This side event focused on the role of farmers as stewards of environment, in adapting to climate change and attaining … More Being farmer, becoming agripreneur: Imitation is the highest flattery
In the last five years, Coffee leaf rust, or “la roya” in Spanish, has crippled Guatemala and Central America. During the last outbreak, the Committee On Sustainability Assessment (COSA), a Partner in GFAR, was in the Verapaz and Oriente regions of Guatemala for an evaluation of a project aiming to improve the sustainability of Guatemalan … More Coffee in crisis offers a lesson in resilience
Indigenous communities have traditionally passed information from one generation to another. Valuable information products of hundreds years of experience and observation of the environment that surrounds them. Information related to specific processes in agriculture, to the management of natural resources, and how to better adapt to climate change. This knowledge exchange has been a way … More Forever young
I have attended a number of side events during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), but this one was different. The room a bit quiet, I could see more women than men. It was almost impossible to hold back the tears rolling down my cheek to hear the burden our mothers and sisters are … More Woman: Life at the Sharp Edge
It’s another rainy day in the coastal Odisha, India. The Bhitarkanika village looks drenched and dark. Meet Pampa Dolui, age 34, a single mother of two, who has adopted a grim routine over these months, digging soil outside her home to let in the saline water from the sea to enter her sweet water pond. … More Digging deeper into soil: The future of food
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” is a popular saying by Marilyn Monroe. How about we give a woman the right tools so she can fix this world? It’s worth a try. Today at one of the CFS44 side events, the panelists were discussing the role of women for … More What would a woman do?
You should eat a kilo of Cavendish bananas a day, if you’d like to fulfil your recommended intake of vitamin A. Or, you could eat one To’o banana. Too bad the Cavendish variety accounts for 47% of the worldwide production and 99% of the commercial export sale to developed countries; we seem destined to stuff … More Agrobiodiversity: goin’ bananas for people and planet
“What happens to forests will be largely shaped by what happens outside of forests…” Linda Andersson (Policy Officer, Vi-Agroforestry) So we know that Sweden is the country that brought us Ikea and Abba. But did you know that Sweden is also one of the world’s largest producers of timber? Around 68% of this beautiful land … More Lumberjills and Lumberjacks: Building Sweden with women at the table
In a world of climate change, food insecurity and rapid urbanization, just try to imagine for a few minutes what Albert Einstein would be doing if he were a young farmer nowadays. Considering that obviously, the world has dramatically changed over the last 100 years since the “Theory of relativity” was developed. “What do today’s … More If Einstein had been a farmer
When Linda won a contest which brought her to be a reporter for a month in a Ugandan village, she could not imagine how this would have transformed her life. Living with a local family, and going to the fields to pick cotton every day, generated close bonds with the villagers who often shared their … More Empowering women, one tree at a time
When conflicts start, food insecurity rises. And when a population becomes food insecure, preventing conflicts becomes more difficult. This becomes a vicious circle that never seems to end. According to Mr. Dominique Burgeon, studies show that 40% of the countries coming out from conflicts, are more likely to experience food insecurity. This again makes them … More The vicious circle
Oftentimes the talks about gender feel like a good old fight: Each of the sides seems so deeply blinded by their own hurt and sure of their righteousness, that none of them wishes to hear out the other side of the story. Lost in quarrels and power struggles, some diverge paths. Others manage to find … More The gender agenda, a vortex of misunderstandings?
Let me start by wishing all of you a very happy ‘International Youth Day’. On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) to declare August 12 as the International Youth Day (to know more about the history … More 2030 Agenda: The role of youth in peace, security and sustainability?
What better way to show the commitment of a group of individuals to a cause than to tell their story with their own pictures and words? Let’s start at the beginning… “On a sunny Tuesday morning in June, we (members of the GFAR Steering Committee) gathered on an agricultural cooperative on the outskirts of Rome. … More Designing the Future of GFAR: Common Values and Commitment Required
Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all gathered in Johannesburg, where they thrilled the audiences at GCARD3 with their enthusiasm, drive and energy in describing … More The Year of the YAP: A Tale of Genius, Power and Magic
Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all gathered in Johannesburg, where they thrilled the audiences at GCARD3 with their enthusiasm, drive and energy in describing … More Turning key objectives into reality with YAP!
First time in Europe Mentally I was going to make the best out of everything, no matter what the outcome. From leaving my front door in Kathmandu, Nepal, it took me two days to reach my final destination – Leuven, Belgium. When I finally got there the main thought on my mind, repeating like a … More Discovering new friends and new ideas at ICYA2017