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🔬 "What's in Store for Food Security and Farming in 2022"

Farms. Food. Future.

Photo by Dan Meyers / Unsplash

Host: Brian Thompson
Guests: Pierre Ferrand | Agriculture Officer | FAO &
Tembwe Mutungu | Co-Founder | FirstWave
Category: 🔬 Research

Podcast’s Essential Bites:

[13:23] PF: “The [UN] Decade of Family Farming has particular relevance in the Asia region. Indeed, Asia and the Pacific has the largest number of family farms in the world. It is home to 74% of world family farmers, with China and India alone representing nearly 60% of the estimated 600 million farms worldwide. […] So overall, in the region, many policies have been already developed to support family farming over the years, but there is still a need for more coherent public policies and legislation to support family farming. In particular, it is needed to increase public investment in agriculture, and national agricultural policies that are more sensitive to the realities that family farmers face, that can improve farmers access to agricultural input, financial services, technology and other necessary resources, but also that ensure secure access to natural resources especially land water and forestry.”

[15:17] PF: “Family farmers in South Asia produce at least 70% of the food in the region, with women putting in as much from 60 to 98% of farm work. However, women face a lot of difficulties, they often have limited access to productive resources and opportunities, especially in regards to land, livestock, labor, education, extension and financial services and technology. And similarly, youth in agriculture is also a critical issue. 50% of the unemployed in the region are youth. And they are less than less attracted by agriculture despite its potential for job creation. And also there’s rising concern about food security.”

[20:09] TM: “[FirstWave’s] solutions address […] urban protein food security for African African markets. We do intensive culture in local water bodies in Zambia, and Uganda. And we are very much a local for local business. And so that means that most of our inputs and raw materials are produced locally. […] The most sustainable solutions for addressing protein food security […] from an admissions perspective, from a water use perspective, from a land use perspective, […] competing demands, […] when you think about grains, whether that's being for food, or fuel, or feed, […] tilapia [fish] across every single one of those dimensions, really just beats all of the other solutions, whether you're talking about chicken, or […] beef, or […] pork.”

[53:19] TM: “The reason that fish and people for that matter get sick is the result of stress. And so, our approach is to try and grow the fish in a low stress environment […] And our belief is that if we do that, just from an animal welfare perspective, that we will ensure […] healthier fish. […] What that means is that […] we're very careful about stocking density. […] We've been producing in Zambia for 10 years in the absence of any antibiotics use, in the absence of any vaccine use and that is really just being driven by the animal husbandry philosophy that we’ve employed.”

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🕰️ 1 hr 1 min | 🗓️ 01/24/2022
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