Protecting Smallholder Farmers

Sustainable smallholder agriculture will be the focus of IFAD’s major annual event, the 2012 Governing Council (Feb. 22-23). The highlight of Sustainable smallholder agriculture: Feeding the world, protecting the planet will be a discussion on Feb. 23 with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  It will be webcast live at 10 a.m. CET.

The the Chief Executive Officer of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network,  Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, will also speak at the event. She’ll discuss the fate of agriculture in the  context of the upcoming Rio+20 negotiations.

Two high-level panels will delve into issues affecting smallholder agriculture.  On Feb. 22, BBC’s Nik Gowing will moderate a panel about issues facing smallholder farmers in the face of climate change, volatile markets, and strained natural resources. The session, which will be webcast live at 9:45 a.m. CET, will examine the best means to ensure food security for smallholder farmers while protecting the environment. Speakers include Pamela K. Anderson, the Director General of the International Potato Center.

A second panel, on Feb. 23, will look at the concrete actions that policymakers must make to ensure that smallholder farmers grow food in a sustainable way. Panelists include the H.E. Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina, Nigerian minister of agriculture. It will be webcast live at 11 a.m. CET.

In addition to live webcasts, you can follow and interact with the event through the following social media channels.

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