1. Food Security in Africa: Interview with African Union Chairman and Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika


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    In this exclusive interview, Farming First's Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), discusses the future of African agriculture and food security with African Union Chairman and Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika. President Bingu wa Mutharika offers a new vision for Africa, calling on African leaders to recognise that the continent's abundant and rich resources should allow Africans to be able to feed themselves. He discusses how the agricultural successes of Malawi can be scaled up to achieve Africa-wide food security and eliminate hunger within five years. President Bingu wa Mutharika proposes six key target principles and resources which should be prioritised to overcome the food challenges in Africa: • Food Databanks • Energy • Infrastructure • Seed Security • A framework for future leaders • Sharing knowledge To address the impacts of climate change, President Bingu wa Mutharika suggests that by creating green belts, the continent's land and water resources can be more sustainably managed. www.farmingfirst.org www.fanrpan.org

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    • Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda Press Briefing (2 of 5)


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      www.farmingfirst.org Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda discussing African agriculture and development ahead of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development in New York (4-15 May)

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      • In Mozambique: Lessons for African Agriculture and Food Security


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        www.farmingfirst.org Two experts on African agricultural development visited farms in Mozambique ahead of the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh. In this video, Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, and Dr. Julie Howard, Executive Director of the Partnership to End Hunger and Poverty in Africa, listen to farmers and translate their concerns to the rest of the world. Policymakers must target development aid in such a way that it captures agriculture's true contribution to the economy. Aid should also aim to build long-term, sustainable growth and improved rural livelihoods.

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        • Getting Agriculture Involved in Addressing Climate Change (2 of 4)


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          In this video, agriculture research expert Thomas Rosswall discusses how farmers lie at the heart of a climate solution. Thomas Rosswall is Chairman of the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Agriculture generally, and farmers especially, are vital to mitigate and adapt to climate change. More than a billion farmers and their families around the world are on the front line of climate change. Their lives and livelihoods are directly affected by its impact, and they are also vital to implementing many of the solutions we need to help delay and deflect it. Therefore, farmers must be involved in implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. To support them, we must create sound and reliable incentives; we must share knowledge; and we must make adequate tools and technologies accessible to deliver both food and energy security. Increasing farm productivity in a sustainable way and decreasing waste and losses can significantly mitigate the effects of climate change, prevent deforestation, and protect biodiversity. Adopting proven sustainable agricultural practices reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhances the effect of natural carbon sinks. Further research and innovation are essential to invent the necessary adaptation and mitigation solutions.

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          • Carbon Standards for Agricultural Products_Thom Achterbosch


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            www.farmingfirst.org Dr. Thom Achterbosch, Senior Advisor to the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), discusses carbon standards for agricultural products and how they can be implemented within a global trading system. He goes through two examples of how private sector agricultural businesses have been active. The first examples is from the New Zealand dairy industry, which researched and designed its own set of carbon standards; this research demonstrated that the majority of emissions came during the production phase rather than the processing or transport. The second example is from the Kenyan horticulture industry, which reacted to industry standards which they felt were not comprehensive or accurate for their products.

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            • Agriculture's Role in Mitigating & Adapting to Climate Change (1 of 4)


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              Interview with Thomas Rosswall, Chairman of the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). By 2050, the world’s population is expected to increase from 6 to 9 billion people. Meanwhile, yields from key staple crops are expected to decline, especially in many of the poorest countries, due to climate change. Agriculture generally, and farmers especially, are vital to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Farmers are willing to play their part by adopting new practices which deliver our growing food needs in a carbon-efficient manner, but they cannot do so without our support. Many of the solutions for helping farmers address climate change already exist. But we must also use our current field of knowledge as the basis for further research and innovation to invent the necessary adaptation and mitigation solutions for the future. At this critical and fragile interface of economic markets, our environment and human welfare, science has much to contribute. Let us make good use of it.

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              • Dr. Julie Howard on How to Make Agricultural Aid Work Better


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                www.farmingfirst.org Julie Howard discusses four priorities for reshaping the global institutions which deliver services to the agricultural sector. Reflecting on the recent Obama administration's commitments to increase funding for agriculture (announced at the G8 summit in London in April), Howard is hopeful that a new paradigm is emerging which focuses on facilitating agricultural infrastructure and markets rather than simply issuing humanitarian aid.

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                • The FAO's View on Food Price Volatility with Hafez Ghanem, Assistant Director-General, FAO


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                  www.farmingfirst.org Hafez Ghanem, Assistant Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), talks about the importance of investing in agricultural research to tackle food price volatility. He also talks about the impact that government policies can have on volatility.

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                  • Marco Ferroni on Agricultural Partnerships


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                    Dr. Marco Ferroni of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture discusses the role that agriculture can play in addressing climate change. He also highlights two programmes currently underway by the Syngenta Foundation. The first looks to provide insurance services to smallholder farmers; the second looks to develop new varietals resistant to the wheat rust pest. www.farmingfirst.org

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                    • Dr Larry Harrington_Water Productivity and Food Security


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                      www.farmingfirst.org Dr. Larry Harrington, Research Director of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, discusses a global research project underway in nine river basins in the world. Through creative partnerships, the programme aims to increase water productivity and alleviate poverty while enhancing food security for the future. This interview was filmed on-site by Farming First at the 2009 FANRPAN annual dialogue in Maputo, Mozambique.

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