A presentation by Prof John Hodges in Beijing on the theme of Feeding the world: Harmony between small-scale and intensive livestock production, that will interest and stimulate those in the farming world. His address outlines and discusses many of the critical, technical and cultural issues that need addressing if small holder farmers are to make a positive contribution to sustainable food production.
One of the Farmers' Dialogue management team shares his thoughts, following his visit to Rwanda for a Capacity building course in March. The experience there made it clear that for Rwandans and her neighbours to feed themselves on a permanent basis, divisions, most of which have their roots in the past, have to be attended to or they can quickly flare up again and undo all the good work done.
In the West Eldoret District of Kenya, the Action for Life Africa team spent three days seeing a remarkable initiative, and met those involved in a small community in the Sosiana Valley, down an insignificant turn-off from the fume-choked highway that snakes across rural Kenya.
"Farmers, their mission, their work, their difficulties & their hopes" - an opening address given by Phil Jefferys, an Australian farmer at the November 2007 International Farmers' Dialogue in France.
The two goals of dealing with Climate Change and Poverty are more closely linked than many people realise. The awakening public interest in both subjects is a good moment to review the lessons which we are learning.