Titles of the future: agriculture on the front line

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Bayer

Often described as the breadbasket of Europe, agriculture is a central element of the Ukrainian economy and employs nearly 17% of the country’s working population. According to the FAO, the main food security concern resulting from the conflict is access to food rather than food availability due to a lack of viable export channels. In addition, the decreasing availability of fuel and the conversion of agricultural lands into battlefields in the occupied areas are causing farmers to worry about sowing crops during the spring planting season.

In this special episode, we talk with Kees Huizinga, a Dutch farmer who farms in Ukraine, about his farming experience in a country at war, who will be most affected by the resulting food insecurity, and how you can help progress towards establishing peace and increasing food security.

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“For a food secure world, you need peace.” – Kornelis ‘Kees’ Huizinga, farmer in Ukraine.

Kornelis ‘Kees’ Huizinga has farmed in central Ukraine for 20 years, growing onions, carrots, wheat, barley, canola, sugar beets, corn, sunflowers and white beans. They also have a modern dairy farm. Kees is a member of the Global Farmer Network.

“A lot of people, when they think about food safety, think that the responsibility lies only with the farmers who grow the food, but in reality, it’s everyone’s responsibility.” – Bev Flatt, farmer in the United States

Bev Flat owns and operates a 170 acre family farm with her husband James. Together they established Flatt Rock Farms to produce beef cattle, beef and dairy goats, hay and seasonal gardens with plans to expand in the future. Additionally, Bev is active in her community through a variety of organizations. She was selected to represent the United States at the Global Youth Ag Summit in Canberra, Australia in 2015, where she worked with 100 other youth delegates from around the world to craft a statement that was presented to the United Nations Committee for Food and Agriculture in 2015. Rome, Italy.

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