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Tue, 2014-09-02 (All day)

Social media agency, Resonance is based in Shanghai’s trendy French concession area. The metropolis is also a draw for a new generation of young Chinese who are leaving rural areas in droves to live in the cities. So if the young are leaving the land who’s now going to grow the country’s food? And can Resonance apply their branding skills to convince young Chinese that farming could be a viable career choice.

Note: A series of 6 x 25-min films exploring key questions around global food security

Nigerian Minister for Agriculture, Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina believes it is his job to ensure Nigerians eat food grown in Nigeria – and he’s determined to overcome the obstacles to Nigerian self-sufficiency in food production. He has also provoked a debate - on a globalized planet should countries like Nigeria really try to grow all their own food?

Note: A series of 6 x 25-min films exploring key questions around global food security

In Big or Small?, Future Food travels to the American mid-west to meet Vietnam veteren and farmer, Ron Meyer. When he isn’t farming his 400 acres and 40 cattle, he is battling big agribusiness, which is squeezing small farmers out of the Nebraska Plains. Ron fears that if the small farms disappear, so will the diversity of food and consumer choice along with it. So is industrial farming, with its economies of scale, the only way to feed the world, or can the small-scale farmer offer a feasible alternative?

In Food or Fuel, the second episode of the Future Food series, Kenyan Farmer and campaigner, Moses Shaha is cynical about ‘biofuels’, energy extracted from crop plants. He journeys through southern Kenya where farmers are starting to grow jatropha, to understand if this biofuel crop is a threat to farmland and food security as he fears, or whether growing energy crops can inspire innovation and help the environment long-term.

Note: A series of 6 x 25-min films exploring key questions around global food security

Behind an unmarked door in a Lima suburb, Javier Wong is planning a revolution in more than just stir-fry cooking. In fact the very future of food - and farming - is being re-imagined here in a city where nobody dined out 20 years ago, where there is no national tradition of gastronomy, and where there is considerable malnutrition. But in the capital of Peru, a city not so long ago wracked by Shining Path terrorist violence, the top chefs - men and women like Gaston Acurio, Javier Wong and Pedro Miguel Schiaffino - believe gastronomy can achieve social justice.

15 Apr 2014

Small changes in urban human behavior and increased energy efficiency will have a positive impact on our natural resources.

 

Mukul Sanwal[1]

 

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