Mar 4, 2022
I find myself thinking more about how and where my
food is grown and sourced, and whether we are sustaining the soil
so that we can sustain ourselves, future generations and Mother
To help answer the above, and In honour of
International Women's Day, I chat with Dr. Nyagoy Nyong'o, the CEO
of Fairtrade Africa. Born and raised in Kenya by a mother who was a
farmer, Dr. Nyong'o's commitment to improving the livelihoods of
small-scale farmers and agricultural workers were formed early in
her life and has deepened over the years.
Dr. Nyong'o life story is rich in adventure and
insight. She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Forestry, and
she has worked worldwide to better lives and our planet. Dr.
Nyong'o will open your eyes to what it's like to work on a farm
where workers aren't protected, and women, the majority of the
labour force, make a fraction of what the men do.
Dr. Nyong'o offers a sustainable and fair path
forward for the world. We must first take care of all the small
farmers and treat the soil to ensure the farm to plate supply chain
remains intact, and we eat affordable food with a conscience.
Dr. John Cranfield, one of Canada's thought leaders
on agriculture, serves as Associate Dean for External Relations in
the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph. John talks
about how Canada can become a 'superpower' in agriculture and what
it will take in terms of technology and our ability to attract a
new generation to this exciting opportunity.
To chat with Tony Chapman