On Air Dialogues:
Rural voices on the global stage
Exploring the views of 3,500 small-scale farmers ahead of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit
September 20, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT (GMT -4)
The 2021 UN Food Systems Summit has been called “a People’s Summit.” To amplify the voices of small-scale farmers and other rural people in sub-Saharan Africa, Farm Radio International partnered with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Vision Canada, and the Canadian Food Security Policy Group to conduct a series of On Air Dialogues.
These conversations took place in June and July 2021 over the radio and via mobile phones. Their aim was to create a platform for those who are often excluded from global discussions and decision-making that impacts their lives — small-scale farmers and other rural people, in particular women and young people. Small-scale farmers and other rural people are development actors in their own right, with a wealth of experience to share on how to transform food systems to be more equitable, sustainable, and resilient. Their voices are vital to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.
Join us on September 20th ahead of the Food Systems Summit to hear the results of this initiative, as we launch the On Air Dialogues: Listening to Rural People report and share the views expressed by 3,500 small-scale farmers and others in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda about their hopes and needs for the future of food systems.