I met Sisay in the first stakeholder workshop we held in March 2017 for a research project called “Assessing and Enhancing the Resilience of the Teff and Cocoa value chain” (AERTCvc).
ver since I was a child, I have had a passion for cooking and for nature. As I have grown up, my passion for cooking has shifted toward the study of the ingredients in the foods themselves and how they are linked to health. During my studies, I have understood that nutrition is not only connected with health and food, but also with economic, political and environmental aspects that are reaching greater global importance.
Last March I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal as part of my ongoing collaboration with The Food Network Academy (FNA), an initiative that aims to carry out action-oriented research on alternative ways to shape the food-value chain as a way to achieve a truly equitable and sustainable food-system, with healthy and nutritious food for everyone.
Why do our apples need to look perfect in the grocery stores? How is our Swiss milk produced and where? Why is soil quality important for our agriculture and what is soil quality, how can I measure it?? These are biological questions in an agricultural context but moreover, young pupils ask these questions when they are requested to think of “Agriculture in their life”.
What is the environmental impact of the various meals that we eat? Are meals cooked from organic ingredients better for the environment than ingredients from conventional produce? What impact categories are relevant to measure environmental impact of meals anyway?
People in the West Bank (Palestine) suffer from the decreasing availability of agricultural land. Population growth has led to increased urbanization and higher food demand. The labile economical, ecological and political situation in Palestine makes it crucial to foster research on sustainable agricultural techniques.
Nested along the Brazilian Paraná river, beside a large dam, flanked by small vegetable plots and much less-small patches of fallow land and sugar cane lies Ilha Solteira. This 30’000 people town began as housing for workers building the Ilha Solteira hydroelectric power plant and dam 45 years ago.
Throughout centuries the fruits of the cacao tree have played a fundamental role in the cosmology of indigenous American peoples as source of food and family livelihoods (Durant-Forest, 1967). For a long period of time, the cacao seeds have been considered as a possible means to improve the quality of life of small-scale farmers who dedicate themselves to the conservation and production of cacao.
Global environmental impacts driven by agricultural activities, e.g. water and air pollution, climate change, or soil acidification, are threatening human beings’ livelihood. Organic farming, which primarily depends on legumes and livestock manure for nitrogen inputs, has the potential to alleviate these environment impacts.
In the productive fields of Salinas, California, we had the opportunity to view and interact with one of the largest strawberry operations in the nation.