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Introducing TARGET: #ZeroHunger, FAO’s new podcast series on global food issues

Seven #TZH episodes that will feed your hunger for knowledge

15 Jun 2016

Radio culture is gaining more and more ground as millions of listeners take to audio podcasts as a convenient and accessible way to learn new information.  Which is why FAO is stepping up into the medium to bring you insights into some of the issues concerning food and agriculture worldwide.

Here are the first seven audio offerings of FAO’s new podcast TARGET: Zero Hunger. The series contains bi-weekly episodes on the stories, issues and policies that are at the root of global food security. Enjoy!

TZH 01 - Producing food in times of crisis: a look inside FAO’s work in emergencies

In this episode we explore FAO’s work in emergencies and what it takes to help families produce food in some of the most difficult regions affected by crisis in the world.  Along the way, several FAO experts help answer why investing in agriculture in crisis regions is not only key to saving the lives and livelihoods of people facing hunger, but for securing a decent future for the generation of young people growing up in rural areas.

TZH 02 - Catching food fraudsters through isotopes

This Target: Zero Hunger episode delves in to the US$50-billion world of food fraud and the science used to expose it -- to discover that our food has finger prints.  Our journey into the authenticity of food takes us from a small cheese shop in Italy to Austria where we explore how FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) collaborate on nuclear technology for food and agriculture. We also hear stories about the rice fields of India and Pakistan. 

TZH 03 - Can biotech benefit smallholder farmers worldwide?

In this episode we take a closer look at a set of tools that in many ways influence what the future of agriculture will look like. And that set of tools is biotechnology.  What kind of biotechnologies are available today and how can they benefit smallholder farmers in the developing world?

We hear voices from the International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies and review the key issues and technologies at the heart of the global conversation about biotech’s role in sustainable food systems and nutrition.

TZH 04 - Pulses: Orphan Crop of the Super foods

Let us walk together on fertile ground by digging into the ideas and perceptions concerning one of our world’s most powerful super foods. This episode explores why pulses have become an orphan crop and we talk to some of the people trying hard to change that.

TZH 05 - Pantaneiro Revival: 500 Brazilian Cows and the future of Food Security

Brazil's Pantanal region is the world’s largest tropical wetland, with a biodiversity and local culture so rich that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this episode we take you deep into this region to explore what conserving the genetic heritage of one local animal breed means for this special ecosystem, for local culture and traditions, and for food security on an increasingly harsher planet.

TZH 06 - The power of pollinators: why more bees means better food

For centuries, bees and other pollinators have labored the world’s fields without winning much recognition for their many contributions to food production. In this episode you hear from FAO experts and we take you to Ghana, West Africa, where our team from the FAO office in Accra drove across the country to visit with Peter Kwapong, Director and Founder of the International Stingless Bee Centre in Cape Coast.

TZH 07 - Drones, data, food security: How UAVs offer new perspectives on agriculture

Let’s take a journey: from the Philippines, where FAO is using drones to gather detailed land and crop images for disaster preparedness, to the U.S. state of Kansas, where one team of researchers is zooming in on invasive bugs with the help of remote-controlled eyes in the sky.

Be sure not to miss our future TARGET: Zero Hunger episodes and help us raise awareness about global food issues by sharing our article. Listen to the series on Soundcloud, iTunes and Stitcher.

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