In many parts of the world, agriculture has been marked by increased productivity. And yet, that alone has not been enough to eradicate hunger globally.
There's also been a backlash against the external environmental impact of conventional agriculture, leading to powerful movements in favor of organic and sustainable farming.
Iowa's industrial agricultural system suffered massive damages after a storm tore through the area in August 2020. But between the vast monocultures of soy and ethanol corn, the Indigenous Meskwaki Nation grows food using different techniques that may provide key lessons for farmers wanting a more resilient and sustainable agricultural system in the face of increasingly severe climatic changes.
Uganda is set to become one of the top global avocado exporters in the next 10 years. Its high-quality soil, rainfall patterns and warm climate make it uniquely positioned to grow the Hass avocado — sought-after for its comparatively quick cultivation time and its durability. But some locals are skeptical about the Hass avocado taking over, afraid it will mean Indigenous varieties go extinct.
From shocks to industrial agriculture in the face of a dramatically changing climate in the US' Midwest, to a big bank funding rubber plantations in the Congo Basin, and lastly, the growth of the global denim market, we hear about some of the environmental costs of farming, finance and fashion, as well as attempts to reduce the industrial footprint — and whether those can be trusted.
There exist a network of more than 6000 young farmers in Zimbabwe who are connected through various digital platforms. They are motivating African youth who often find it difficult to secure jobs in their trained professions, to look towards agriculture. In this week’s 77 Percent show, we find out whether farming is the new trend that young Africans should aspire to copy?
As droughts worsen across Africa, troubling times lie ahead for many countries. But while Madagascar struggles to tackle a hunger crisis, Zimbabwe hopes its new sustainable strategy means it has left the worst behind.
Ethiopian Fantahun Kibret balances onion farming with classes. Despite chronic water shortages in his Amhara region, Kibret takes care of his onions, while the sale of onions takes care of his school fees.
Across the world, people are having to rethink the way they grow food in the face of the impacts of climate change and industrial agriculture. We hear from seed guardians in Ecuador trying to save vital seed varieties from disappearing, and from farmers in East Africa battling deadly invisible toxins in their crops. Plus: An organic farming group's ambitious plan to green the desert in Egypt.