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Written by James Heer

In the context of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, the Rome-based UN agencies released a new Hungry Planet episode, featuring solutions that work to increase food production and feed the expected 9.3 billion people by 2050.

The special Rio+20 episode of Hungry Planet takes us from Bangladesh, where rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms threaten millions of farmers living along the country's southern coast, to Chad, where unpredictable weather patterns fuel hunger and malnutrition, and finally Ethiopia, where distribution of high yield root and tuber varieties help farmers increase production in times of drought.



Hungry Planet is a web-based television series about global food issues and agricultural development. Each episode takes viewers to remote locations around the world and tells the stories of real people - farmers struggling to increase food yields while adapting to climate change, families on the run fleeing conflict and famine, scientists and aid workers on the frontlines searching for solutions that will ensure there’s enough food to feed a hungry planet now and in the future. Stories are produced by the United Nation’s three food agencies – the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The next episode will be released in early June 2012. Stay tuned.

Find out more about how IFAD is involved in Rio+20.

For more Hungry Planet episodes, check IFAD’s Video Archive.

1 Responses to Just released for Rio+20: Video documentary on food challenges in Bangladesh, Chad and Ethiopia

  1. This situation is no longer deniable. During my lifetime, many have understood the Global Predicament we are facing now, but only a few 'voices in the wilderness' were willing to speak out loudly and clearly about what everyone can see. It is not a pretty sight. The human community has precipitated a planetary emergency that only humankind is capable of undoing. The present 'Unsustainable Path' has to be abandoned in favor of a "road less travelled by". It is late; there is no time left to waste. Perhaps now we will gather our remarkably abundant, distinctly human resources and respond ably to the daunting, human-induced, global challenges before us, the ones that threaten life as we know it and the integrity of Earth as a fit place for human habitation. Many voices, many more voices are needed for making necessary changes.