Today China holds a key role in the world’s economic and social landscape, and the choices of this giant will have a huge influence on the future of all of humanity. I am convinced that thanks to the tireless work of people like Wen and his team it will be possible to follow a path towards balanced and long-lasting development.
Slow Food joins the appeal to the international community Since January 20, the Turkish government has been bombing Afrin, one of the three provinces of the autonomous Syrian region of Rojava. Slow Food has been working with the local people in this area for years, ensuring that the land and local food production are not …
The latest news from Germany is that the Lidl discount chain (not exactly the sort of place where we’d choose to do our shopping, but that’s no reason not to give credit where credit’s due) is planning to provide consumers with clear information about the livestock farms of its meat suppliers. From April, in fact, all Lidl fresh meat counters will feature a sort of easy-to-understand ‘livestock farm compass’.
What future is there for social engagement and activism? Are we condemned to impotently stand by and watch the definitive affirmation of an individualism impermeable to the major global issues that humanity is facing? I am strongly convinced that the answer to the second question is no. Wherever I look I can see a great hunger for engagement and change, and awareness of the global consequences of our local actions is growing fast.
Longer dry seasons and unpredictable rainfall are having a serious impact on the farming communities in the Caatinga biome, in north-eastern Brazil.
Against this background, IFAD has focused on reducing rural poverty. Part of that work is to develop the production of indigenous crops. IFAD is working with its local partner the Government of Bahia, Slow Flood Brazil, local farmers’ organizations and technical assistance providers.
In this article we will take you to Northern Thailand to explore an ancestral practice called rotational farming. Last November we held a workshop that sought to address the question: How can we encourage indigenous youth to maintain traditional knowledge for local food innovation based on rotational farming and agroforestry? We took the workshop participants into the forests and fields around Hin Lad Nai village and learned about the natural and cultural heritage of the landscape.
About 2.5 billion people around the globe, including 370 million indigenous people, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used, and managed collectively. This means that one third of the world’s population is vulnerable to dispossession by more powerful actors. As stated by the “Land Rights Now” campaign, indigenous peoples protect more than …