“. If I don’t have land, someone else might have land that is not being used.” -- Brian Ndyaguma
Brian sold eggs through university to pay his school fees and in the last 8 months has begun venturing into urban farming. He recommended teaming up with other people to overcome the resource constraints many young people face. Drawing on his experience in the innovation ecosystem in Kampala, he said his preferred team size is three people – one person with the initial idea and two others with specialized knowledge to improve soil quality and grow successful vegetables for example. (If someone’s parents have an unused piece of land, that’s helpful too.)
“When you understand how nature operates, you start getting better results.” -- Pedro Diniz
Finally Pedro, an ex-Formula 1 driver, told the story of falling in love with his family farm (see video here, in Portuguese) after he retired from car racing. The farm was bought on the day he was born, back in 1970. Since returning to the farm, he has been introducing profitable agroforestry approaches to growing food that draw on “nature’s intelligence” rather than fighting it. He gave the example of grass, which farmers typically seek to suppress, but can produce very efficient feed for productive trees. He made a plea for more research in agroecology so that agriculture can restore rather than degrade the planet.
Together, these farmers made the case for agriculture that is more open to women, accessible to all, unafraid of being different, and is in harmony with the environment.
The speakers’ diverse backgrounds and experiences prove that everyone can contribute to building a food system that can feed everyone, everywhere, everyday--and build a satisfying and profitable career while they’re at it.
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Watch a recording of our event here.
Read what the World Bank’s Food and Agriculture Senior Director Juergen Voegele has to say about ending hunger and building a food system that can feed the world.
Watch an earlier event featuring young entrepreneurs and innovators in the food and agriculture sector here.