Time-travelling to food security

The category Cool initiatives is a space to briefly summarise and highlight projects and programmes in agriculture that work to increase food security and that I find cool. From implementation of important theories, such as participative action research, to the use of novel tools to support old traditions, cool can mean different things.

Imagine that you are a Colombian quinoa farmer. Things are going well right now but you’ve heard about climate change and you’re concerned because you don’t know how your soil and rainfall patterns are going to be like in let’s say 2030. You would like to peek into the future conditions of your farm today in order to prepare and adapt.

Well, put your aluminium foil helmet on and let’s travel to your future climate, TODAY!

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What is it really like to be a family farmer from a developing country – Part 5

This is the fifth and final instalment about Cristela, the family farmer from Colombia.

ÁD: So in what areas do you want to improve your family farm? Would you like a bigger access to the market or a more complete trade system like the one we just talked about? Continue reading

What is it really like to be a family farmer from a developing country – Part 4

This is the fourth instalment with Cristela, a real family farmer from Colombia.

ÁD: Close to your family farm where we are right now, there’s a dairy farm and I was wondering if you have ever interchanged things, sort of like a direct trade that did not involve money. For example, you give them quinoa and they give you milk in return. Or something like that. Do you do this at all?

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What is it really like to be a family farmer from a developing country – Part 3

Before I give you this part of the interview with Cristela the family farmer, if you’re not familiar with the concept of food security and are curious, I explain it in this video 2:24-4:09.

ÁD: So overall, do you consider your family is healthy? Do you think your children are well fed?

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What is it really like to be a family farmer from a developing country – Part 2

This is the second instalment with Cristela, a real family farmer from Colombia.

ÁD: The land you work has always been part of your family. How come you decided to start farming recently and not before?

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What is it really like to be a family farmer from a developing country – Part 1

2014 was named as the year of family farming by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in order to draw attention to this practice and its potential for contributing to food security.

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