A new podcast series offering interviews with celebrities, agricultural experts and farmers aims to raise awareness of the challenges smallholders face amid climate change, and offering innovative solutions, the United Nations said on Monday.
The 'Farms. Food. Future' series highlights the need to invest more in solutions focused on women and young people, environmental protection and better nutrition, the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development said in a statement.
The series is available in English, with additional French and Spanish interviews on the IFAD website. Listeners can subscribe via ITunes, Spotify and other major podcast platforms, the statement said.
The first episode features a discussion on why the COP25 negotiations in Madrid are important for farmers, moderated by IFAD’s climate change expert Romina Cavitassi, according to the statement.
Michelin-starred Italian chef Cristina Bowerman also speaks about her passion for cooking and why she believes farmers are well-placed to save the planet, the statement said.
Also featured is an award-winning project in Malawi, where women are leading the way to create a thriving farming sector against the backdrop of increasingly severe weather, the statement added. The episode brings news from the Himalayas too, where novel climate change adaptation techniques in Bhutan are helping farmers sustainably improve their family’s food security.
An additional interview on the importance of COP25 for smallholder farmers is available in French, featuring IFAD climate change expert Sebastian Subsol, said the statement.