Surviving the Drought: An Irrigation Curriculum for Jamaica’s Small-Scale Farmers

Surviving the Drought: An Irrigation Curriculum for Jamaica’s Small-Scale Farmers

Recently, the FAO Director General, stated that “the future of agriculture is not input intensive, it is knowledge intensive”. We agree that this is indeed the way forward in achieving self-sufficiency and sustainability. Therefore, this sought to increase farmers’ adaptive capacity by way of an Irrigation Farmer Field School (IFFS). The modules of this IFFS included Climate-Smart Water Conservation, Soil Water Management and Plant-Water Interactions.

The project was designed to incorporate knowledge transfer as an adaptation option to climate change. Our farmers in Jamaica face many problems, two of which includes that of low irrigation efficiency and limited water resources. This is because they are dependent on rainfall to carry out their farming activities.

An Avenue to Sustainable Agri-Food Systems: The EAAE Student Case Study Competition

An Avenue to Sustainable Agri-Food Systems: The EAAE Student Case Study Competition

From August 29 to September 1, 2017, experts and researchers from diverse backgrounds gathered together for EAAE Congress in an Italian city famous for agri-food products – Parma, in order to provide experiences and insights into discussions around feasible solutions to shifting Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems: Balancing between Markets and Society1. Aligned with the aim of the congress, the first edition of the EAAE student case study competition was launched to encourage participation and contribution of young researchers via interpersonal and interdisciplinary interactions. By bringing food-sustainability-related challenges to the table, teams composed by individual participants or groups worked intensively to seek for creative and concrete solutions to fix a fundamental problem within the food system: the food–people–planet relationship.

True stories can inspire youngsters to change the planet

True stories can inspire youngsters to change the planet

According to Gunter Pauli, the man behind the “blue economy”, who will be in Milan for the BCFN Forum, only disruptive change and free thinking can bring about a revolution in the agro-food system which the world needs if it is to achieve environmental sustainability. 

Kanayo Nwanze on defending small farmers

Kanayo Nwanze on defending small farmers

Among the guests attending the 7th International Forum of Food and Nutrition in 2017, Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD and leading figure in many associations focusing on sustainable development, discusses the necessity to support smallholder farmers.

Jeffrey Sachs on changing the global food system

Jeffrey Sachs on changing the global food system

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) shares his thoughts on how to transform the global food system for sustainable development on the sides of the 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition.

Teaching Kitchen: cooking to learn about health

Teaching Kitchen: cooking to learn about health

An active lifestyle and balanced diet are the foundations for good health, but theories aren’t enough. Everyone, doctors included, needs to “get their hands dirty” - at least in the kitchen.

Can a restaurant be both healthy and sustainable?

Can a restaurant be both healthy and sustainable?

Eating out doesn’t have to mean wasted food and poor quality ingredients. The key is ensuring that both restaurant owners and customers are well informed. Interview with Juliane Caillouette Noble who represents the British Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Selina Juul: the Dane fighting against food waste

Selina Juul: the Dane fighting against food waste

At the helm of the biggest NGO in Denmark, the activist has won some key victories in the battle against food waste with the help of individual consumers and international organisations.