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How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
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 Years of declining investment in farmer education and extension services - as well…Continue

Tags: small-scale farmers, rural development, education, agriculture

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Mallard Jan 6, 2014.

Do you know an innovative programme in nutrition, water or rural development?

Nominate it to the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value and help it scale up. The Prize winner will benefit from an investment of up to CHF 500,000 (approx. USD 530,000).The Nestlé Prize in Creating…Continue

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Started Jan 9, 2013

 

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Tom Mallard replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Reviewing, an elephant in the room is chemical agriculture versus the world, with companies like Monsanto propagating seed that requires fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides it's exactly the wrong direction to go with agriculture and very…"
Jan 6, 2014
John B replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Ida - thanks for an actual experience on the ground, a much needed message in this conversation.   I'll offer my comments to the three questions in a second, but first, I wanted to highlight how culturally insensitive this conversation…"
Jan 4, 2014
jc wandemberg replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Transparency and empowerment must be key ingredients of any "recipe"."
Dec 19, 2013
David D. Laurel replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Nestlé Philippines is paving the way towards reinventing the farmer.  This year, we launched the Nescafé “CUPS” (Coffee University of the Philippines Scholarship), which is a scholarship program for top students from…"
Dec 19, 2013
Maheshchandra Chourushi replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"We will require Govt. support.  Agriculture may be included in occupation list which we can propagate as social recognition.  Agricultural pricing boards be allowed to fix remunerative prices for the produce on the basis of quality/grading…"
Dec 18, 2013
Mary McVay replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"In the Making Cents International State of the Field in Youth Economic Opportunities,  we discuss the issue of IT for youth in rural areas and profile several promising cases, among them: +Mshamba in Kenya, an application and sms…"
Dec 18, 2013
Tom Mallard replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"For beginning farmers here are several loan programs worth a look: Veterans any method: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/beginning-farmer-training-programs/military-veteran-farmer-training/Standard methods: …"
Dec 17, 2013

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Ida Horner replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"In March this year, I had an opportunity to spend 3 days with small scale farmers in Kalisizo central Uganda. Their biggest challenge was market access. As we looked around their farms there was so much food going to waste and the farmers complained…"
Dec 17, 2013
Mary McVay replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Thanks.  The message is not, "youth are irrelevant to agriculture," but more that engaging youth should not be seen as the main solution to food security and agriculture should not be seen as the main solution to the youth employment…"
Dec 17, 2013
Mary McVay replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Hi, Alison!  I have seen Practical Action's Participatory Market System Development in action in the dairy sector in Bangladesh.  Not only does participation support inclusion, but the leadership groups/committees established support…"
Dec 17, 2013
Hans Joehr replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"This was great discussion! To pick up on Alison Griffith point, we need to help young people achieve their ambitions and hopefully, in a rural environment, we can help them acquire the skills they need to become succcessful…"
Dec 17, 2013

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Zahid Torres-Rahman replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"That brings us to the end of our live session.  Thank you to our panel and to all of you who participated! We'll leave this discussion open - so feel free to continue posting your comments.   If you would like to read more about this…"
Dec 17, 2013
Luis Cateura replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"Earning money is attractive. There must be a mind shift from farmer to entrepreneur farmer. If we can motivate young farmers to learn to value and make sense out of farming activities that provides significant income, it is likely that they will…"
Dec 17, 2013
Manfred replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"agree that we have to work towards sustainable markets which includes the cocoa growers as feasible business units. Field schools are just one way to bring together unorganized farmers and achieve outreach with best practices - not only in…"
Dec 17, 2013
Hans Joehr replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"I mostly agree with your points. However, who would produce food in the future and how will we feed the increasing population if the next generation of young talented people abandons rural areas? What would you propose as the next generation of…"
Dec 17, 2013
Hans Joehr replied to Barbara Wettstein's discussion How can we inspire the next generation of farmers?
"thanks for your comment Phil, , this is an interesting point and very much in line with our thinking. This is why we have developed the Nestlé Cocoa Plan to start at the very first stage of the 'chocolate' value chain and make cocoa…"
Dec 17, 2013

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About my work:
I am responsible for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value.

Launched in 2009, the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value seeks to encourage and reward innovative approaches to the problems of nutrition, water, and rural development.

The Prize is awarded in alternate years to an individual, a non-government organisation, a governmental organization, a research institute or a small enterprise, that has shown outstanding promise in improving access to, or management of, water; enhancing the lives of farmers and rural communities; or providing better nourishment to communities suffering from nutritional deficiencies.

The winning organisation or individual will benefit from an investment of up to CHF 500 000 (approx. USD 480 000) to bring his project to scale or replicate it to other communities.
Other Topics on my radar:
rural development, water, nutrition, corporate social responsibility, creating shared value, business in society

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Nestlé Creating Shared Value Global Forum 2013 live webcast on 28 October

Join our live discussion on Monday 28 October on Creating Shared Value: The changing role of business in development

In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Nestlé is co-hosting the 5th edition of the Creating Shared Value Global Forum Monday on 28th October in Colombia. The theme of this year’s Forum is Creating Shared Value: The changing role of business in development. Panelists from governments, civil…

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 14:01

Full 2012 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published

Nestlé has published its full 2012 report:  “Nestlé in Society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” has been prepared according to GRI Guidelines, at Application Level A+.

The report includes a set of forward-looking commitments to society and on environmental sustainability it aims to meet by 2020 or earlier. The company has identified 30 goals in the areas of nutrition, water, rural development, sustainability and compliance in its new report, ‘Nestlé in Society:…

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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:48

Barbara Wettstein: Nestlé report sets out forward-looking commitments

Photo: Nestle. Selling fortified Maggi cubes, Nigeria.

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Posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:00

Nominate an innovative programme in nutrition, water, or rural development for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value till 31 March

Photo: © Nestlé. Sand dams enable people in rural drylands to grow more food. 2012 CSV Runner up, Excellent Development (UK).…

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Posted on February 28, 2013 at 10:30

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At 18:16 on September 5, 2011, Candice Motran said…

Hello Barbara,

I recently read your feature as Member of the week and found it extremely interesting.  I come from that mixed business-development background you spoke of (from Engineers-Without-Borders Canada, and having just recently finished my MBA in the UK).  I am currently working for a very small consultancy in London who does some CSR / charity work, but mostly private sector stuff.  I would love to chat with you about corporate partnerships with NGOs and the right way to go about doing them.  It would be great to hear back from you.  Thanks very much,

 

Candice

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