KC McGinnis | January 11, 2016
This week’s On the Radio segment looks at comments on conventional farming that may be relevant for Iowa agricultural producers from World Farmers’ Organization President Evelyn Nguleka during an interview by CGRER at COP21. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
Conventional, large-scale agriculture like what is practiced in Iowa has a role in solving environmental crises caused by climate change, according to the president of the World Farmers’ Organization.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Evelyn Nguleka, president of the World Farmers’ Organization and a native of Zambia, spoke to CGRER last month at COP21, the U.N. climate summit, about agriculture’s role in fulfilling the goals of the landmark summit.
“In 2030 we’re going to have more than 9 billion people, and we need that kind of agriculture to be able to produce the food so that people can be able to be nourished and be fed properly. For us what is important is that we do it in a manner that we do not destroy the soils for the next generation.”
Nguleka stressed the importance of agricultural innovations and technologies making their way to countries like Zambia, which has struggled to produce food due to issues like livestock disease. But it’s essential that innovations in sustainability also make their way to farmers.
“I’ve heard some people saying that we stop doing livestock production so that we can save the planet, or that we stop this kind of agriculture to save the planet. That is not the idea. We have people with brains. We have innovators, and we need to put all of those ideas together and try and find a solution of reducing the emissions making sure that we produce more for less.”
Nguleka was joined by dozens of panelists and researchers at COP21 who gave presentations on expanding sustainable agricultural innovations. For more coverage of these and other presentations from CGRER’s visit to COP21, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m KC McGinnis.