Growing peace

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

Being farmer, becoming agripreneur: Imitation is the highest flattery

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

Forever young

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

Go Organic, Stay Healthy and Sustainable!

Agriculture is under threat—its sustainability is a big challenge for us all. Many options are being tried to make agricultural practices sustainable, and organic agriculture is one among them. The multiple features of organic agriculture that contribute to food security and help in achieving the SDGs were discussed at the side event on “Increasing food security through sustainable agricultural … More Go Organic, Stay Healthy and Sustainable!

Good partnership for good stewardship in the agricultural sector

Climate change has tremendous impacts on the agricultural sector, which increasingly needs new technologies and other innovations to ensure food security and wellbeing for those who depend on it. On the second day of CFS44, I attended a side event hosted by the World Farmers’ Organization and the New Zealand and Canadian Governments on the … More Good partnership for good stewardship in the agricultural sector

Why good policies and public funding (only) won’t change the world

We have been cutting trees to plant food crops, since the beginning of time. Forest cover loss is a major contributor to climate change – the biggest challenge of our times. So, we won’t save the world without saving forests. However, while the connection between forests and climate is very well recognized, agriculture is an … More Why good policies and public funding (only) won’t change the world

Your only job is to lead

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. –John C. Maxwell, leadership expert Strong political leadership, some suggest, is necessary for economic and sustainable development. In developed and developing countries we’ve seen a direct correlation between a growing or thriving economy and sound political leadership. Parliamentarians are tasked … More Your only job is to lead

The many P’s of Partnership

….”Peace”, “partnerships”, “projects”, “production”, “perspectives”, “participation” and “passion”, to name just a few. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many ‘p’ words together in my life! This was no English class on alliteration but instead a side event on How Cross-Sectoral Partnerships Help Smallholders Deliver a More Food Secure Future held at CFS44 organised by CABI, IFAD, CropLife International and … More The many P’s of Partnership

What a Waste

About one third of all food produced today—some 1.7 billion tonnes—is lost or wasted along the value chain. In developing countries, this occurs mainly in the postharvest phase due to lack of adequate infrastructure. In developed countries, wastage occurs mainly at the retail and consumption levels due to constraining regulations and unsustainable consumption patterns. (Gustavsson … More What a Waste

Public-Private-Peasant-Partnership: Who needs who?

“Partnership is like the dark matter of the universe. We all know it’s there but, we are not exactly sure what it is made of.” Nick Perkins The term public–private partnership is not a new buzz word in the development sector and trying to paint a picture of the exact time it was introduced will … More Public-Private-Peasant-Partnership: Who needs who?

Agrobiodiversity: goin’ bananas for people and planet

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

Food Insecurity Metrics Now in Sync

“If you can’t measure, you can’t manage” -Peter Drucker That is why metrics are important for the government or any institution, and development partners in addressing food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, poverty. According to FAO, after a prolonged decline since 1990, the number of undernourished people has increased to 815 million in 2016, from 777 million … More Food Insecurity Metrics Now in Sync