Ms. Hebebrand observed that although soils are crucial for agriculture, they are often taken for granted and have historically suffered from overuse. To replace the nutrients used up by crop growth farmers need training in right type, timing, placement and rate of fertilizer application, known as the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship. Continue reading →
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Farming First spokespeople have recently been interviewed by Climate Change TV, a web channel dedicated to discussions of global climate change effects whose content includes interviews with key players involved in the debate.
In a special series focusing on water and agriculture, the channel spoke with four Farming First spokespersons on the subject of food security.
Amy Sullivan is the leader of the Limpopo Basin Focal Project, which is led by FANRPAN and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa on behalf of CGIAR. In this podcast, she discusses the water issues faced by the people living within the Basin, where natural resource access and distribution are unequal. She raises concerns around the need for policy, targeting and priority setting, against a backdrop of international borders.
Charlotte Hebebrand is the Chief Executive of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council. In this video, she analyses the range of implications that climate change may have on food security and trade and insists on the need to focus on trade liberalisation within the Doha Round to ensure a sustainable food supply in the future. She also notes that whilst adaptation and agriculture are crucial to food security, sustained financing is also required.
Howard Minigh is the CEO of CropLife International. In this video, he explains the role that plant science can play in adaptation and mitigation efforts to climate change, helping to increase yield, productivity and reduce the amount of land used. He notes that agriculture is a cross-cutting issue, and needs to be integrated more fully into climate change negotiations.
Isabelle Coche, spokesperson for Farming First, speaks in this podcast about the Farming First recommendations to the negotiations around adopting a climate change Work Plan. In considering the future of agriculture within discussions at Cancún, she observes that one of the important elements is to clarify the measuring and methodology behind carbon capture.