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Keeping the world's farm gates open
The World Food Prize is a global get-together of agriculture and food industry stakeholders. Many conversations center around what's needed in developing nations to bolster ag production and sustain the food supply for a growing population. Here, a few visitors from developing nations share what's needed to do just that.
Dr. Sanjay Yadav is an animal nutrition and health specialist and senior manager with Kemin Industries. "I would like to know how India and southeast Asia are going to meet the food requirements of these growing populations," he says. "Productivity is our biggest challenge. Indian farmers must prepare their minds to accept new technologies."
Elimbariki Kisimbo says his organization, Empower Tanzania, is working to improve the livelihood of his nation's farmers through health, education, and economic empowerment. "My country's farmers do best when you train them. They make use of training to do more than what you have trained them for," he says. "They focus on integrated farming. They are so creative."
Ashish Wele is an agronomist in India with ties to Norman Borlaug's Green Revolution. "We have sweet memories of the Green Revolution in India, and what we want to do today is replicate that Green Revolution in east Africa," he says. "Farmer-to-farmer dialog is more important than policymaker-to-policymaker dialog because we can share knowledge, and that can generate money for the best of the world's farming community."
Show business has something to do with bolstering farming in Tanzania, too. Mwanahamisi Salimu, who works with her nation's farmers on behalf of Oxfam International, says a reality TV show shows some of the "brilliance" of the nation's predominantly female farmers. "All those women farmers I work with, they never give up, no matter the challenges," she says.
Faustine Wabwire is a policy analyst with Bread for the World Institute. In her native Kenya, supporting small farmers is huge. "I think that there is also a chance to focus on women farmers. And food production should not only be focused on commercial purposes, but healthy and nutritious food," she says.
Farmers & experts from abroad share what's important to keep their nations' agriculture moving.