Heifer International Live Chats

Live Chats Hosted by Heifer International

As we look towards the first UN Food Systems Summit taking place in September, we reflect back on a year of Heifer International live chats with experts in food and farming systems. In order to build more sustainable and equitable food systems, we must invest in the necessary infrastructure, training and solutions for the smallholder farmers who grow much of the world’s food.

Upcoming Live Chats

Heifer International Live Chats welcome leaders in agriculture, international development, food systems, nutrition, climate change, impact investing, philanthropy, media, and more for 30-minute fireside-style virtual chats. Hosted by President and CEO Pierre Ferrari and other Heifer International experts, the conversations explore solutions to the challenges facing the future of food and farming beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can Big Tech Change the Game for Smallholder Farmers? With IBM’s Luq Niazi

Thursday, September 16th @ 1 pm EST
As revealed in a recent Heifer International report, The Future of Africa’s Agriculture: An Assessment of the Role of Youth and Technology, over 20% of youth engaged in agriculture in Africa are not using technology, and the leading barriers to access are lack of training and financing. Without open data to understand the power of technology, smallholder farmers cannot know their total needs to leverage its benefits.

Join Heifer International President and CEO, Pierre Ferrari, and IBM Global Managing Director for Consumer Industries, Luq Niazi, for a live chat on the role of big tech in putting the power of information in the hands of smallholder farmers to increase incomes, improve livelihoods and build more profitable smallholder agribusinesses.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari, along with other Heifer International leaders and experts, are teaming up with leaders in international development, agriculture, philanthropy, impact investing, and more to prepare for a post-pandemic world.

In 20-30-minute fireside style chats, they discuss the immediate and longterm effects of COVID-19 on sustainable development and agriculture, and why investment in smallholder farmers is critical to building resilient food and farming systems for global food security. 

Watch Previous Live Chats

Hervil Cherubin | 25:23

Live from Haiti with Hervil Cherubin, Heifer Haiti Resilience Senior Director

As the full extent of a major earthquake in Haiti becomes clear, teams from Heifer Haiti are on the ground assessing the damage and needs in the communities Heifer works with.

verified living income panel | 59:16

How a New Approach to Pricing Can Improve Livelihoods in Coffee Farming Communities

For many, a cup of coffee is a morning staple. But the journey from farm to roaster to coffee shop is one beset by inequality, and coffee farmers worldwide subsist in poverty.

Rosita Najmi | 32:41

Promoting Financial Inclusion and Gender Equality through Digital Access with PayPal’s Rosita Najmi

Rosita Najmi, PayPal’s Head of Global Social Innovation, discusses the Generation Equality Forum to promote gender equality.

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Live Chat Highlights: Spotlighting Black Women Leaders in Agriculture

On Juneteenth, Heifer International recognized the significant contributions of Black Americans to the history and future of our food and farming systems.

Esther Park | 34:36

Why Money Matters in Rebuilding the Food System

Esther Park discusses the root causes of inequities within our food and farming system, and the changes in investor behavior that could have big impacts for the food we eat.

panel for earth day | 30:41

Earth Day Virtual Panel: Lessons from Indigenous Agriculture for Achieving Food Sovereignty

Learning from Indigenous communities and recognizing their founding role in a holistic approach to food and farming is key to feeding the world while cooling the planet.

Sallie Calhoun | 28:10

No Regrets: Why Carbon Sequestration is Agriculture’s Biggest Job

Join owner and manager of Paicines Ranch, a 7,600-acre ranch in central California, Sallie Calhoun, for a discussion on the importance of investing in carbon sequestration and regenerative agriculture.

Daron “Farmer D” Joffe | 30:41

Citizen Farmers: How to Produce Healthy Food that Gives Back with Daron “Farmer D” Joffe

Daron “Farmer D” Joffe believes there is a farmer in everyone. The ideas in his book has led to the development of a movement of gardeners and farmers everywhere.

Cindy Ayers Elliott | 36:07

Ending Hunger through Farming: Why Local Farms are Key to Sustainable Community Development

Join Cindy Ayers Elliott as she discusses how she went from investment banker to farmer, in order to focus on sustainable community development through local farming.

Daniela Ibarra-Howell | 30:40

What is Regenerative Agriculture and How Can It Help Fight Climate Change?

Join CEO of Savory Institute, Daniela Ibarra-Howell, for a conversation on how regenerative agriculture can play an important role in feeding the world, while cooling the planet.

Danielle Nierenberg | 30:10

Building More Resilient Food Systems with Julia Child Award Recipient Danielle Nierenberg

Join Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank, as she discusses the challenges and opportunities for building more resilient food systems beyond COVID-19.

Sacred Cow Q&A with Diana Rodgers | 30:27

Sacred Cow Q&A with Diana Rodgers

Sacred Cow comes at a critical point in nutrition and sustainability, as the film probes the fundamental moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries associated with raising and eating animals.

Sherry-Lee Singh | 29:57

Sustainable Solutions for Resilient Farming Communities

Walmart Foundation’s Director of Sustainability, Sherry-Lee Singh, discusses how farmer-producer organizations can help advance gender equity and community resilience.

Donnie Smith | 31:31

From Large-Scale Food Production to Smallholder Farming in Africa

Former Tyson Foods CEO, Donnie Smith, discusses his experience in large-scale food production and how it influenced his recent transition to supporting sustainable smallholder farming.

Gabrielle Rubenstein | 36:00

Investing for Good: How to Increase Investment in Socially Conscious Enterprises

Founder of Manna Tree, Gabrielle Rubenstein discusses how to increase investment in socially conscious, profit-making companies.

Laura Riley chatting with Pierre | 29:44

The Real Cost of Food: Is the Global Pandemic Changing How We Eat?

The Washington Post’s national food business reporter, Laura Reiley, discusses her reporting on the impacts of the pandemic on the food system and the widespread market disruption.

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken | 31:14

The Role of NGOs in a Post-COVID-19 World

Join leading expert on INGO organizational effectiveness, leadership development and culture, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, discussing the role of NGOs in the future of development.

Tom Colicchio with Pierre | 33:50

A Live Conversation on the U.S. Hunger and Nutrition Crisis with Chef Tom Colicchio

Awaiting the results of the U.S. presidential election, Tom and Pierre will discuss how the next four years could impact sustainable food systems.

Dr. Esther Ndumi Ngumbi | 32:19

A Live Conversation on Soil Health and Food Security with Soil Expert Dr. Esther Ndumi Ngumbi

Join Professor of Entomology at University of Illinois, Dr. Esther Ndumi Ngumbi for a discussion on why soil is critical to food security.

Pierre speaking with Neena Joshi | 1:01:03

World Food Day Conversation Series on Supporting Smallholder Farmers During COVID-19

Listen to a one-hour conversation series with Heifer country programs as they discuss how each have responded to the crisis.

Diana Rodgers | 35:31

The Case for Better Meat: Why Livestock is Essential to a Healthy Planet

Diana Rodgers speaks on the critical role that livestock plays in regenerative agriculture and human nutrition.

Leah Penniman | 34:55

Farming and Food Justice - A Conversation with Leah Penniman

As the author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, Leah Penniman is an incredible leader in sustainable farming and a powerful speaker.

Karen Washington | 42:34

How Farmer Cooperatives Help Build Food Justice

Founder of Rise and Root Farm and food justice activist, Karen Washington, speaks with Heifer USA Director, Perry Jones about building food justice.

Ruth Reichl | 28:29

HeiferTogether Conversation - Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl speaks about patterns in food consumption and our changing connection to the origin and health benefits of the food we eat.

Barton Seaver | 31:19

The Impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable Seafood and its Importance to Local and Global Food Systems

Barton Seaver will join a conversation on how consumers can support a more sustainable global food system.

Brady Deaton | 27:33

Why Governments and NGOs Must Support Longterm Sustainable Solutions to Agricultural Development

Dr. Brady Deaton will discuss how governments and NGOs can help create more equitable food systems.

Raj Kumar | 28:34

The Future of International Development and Media with Devex Editor-in-Chief, Raj Kumar

Editor-in-Chief of Devex, Raj Kumar, will speak about what to expect in international development and media in a post COVID-19 world.

Dan Glickman | 31:29

Why smallholder farming is the solution to a more resilient food and farming system

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, discusses why government support is critical to scaling up sustainable, small-scale farms.

Jacqueline Novogratz | 33:01

How Long-Term Investment in Small-Scale Farmers Can Transform the Food System

Founder of impact investment fund Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz discusses how patient capital can deliver dignified livelihoods for farmers.

Petronella Halwiindi | 23:41

How Livestock Investments Strengthen Food Security, Incomes, and Resilience

Country Director of Heifer Zambia, Petronella Halwiindi, and agricultural economist Alex Winter-Nelson, PhD discuss the impacts of COVID-19.

Dante Disparte | 23:51

How Digital Currency Could Help the Global Economy in Times of Crisis

Dante Disparte, Vice Chair of the Libra Association, discusses financial inclusion and the role financial systems like Libra could play in responding to global crises.

Nicholas Kristof | 23:36

A Conversation with The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kristof, speaks about the potential for a greater, more impactful hunger pandemic and how the world should respond.

Will Harris | 29:59

Between Two Farmers: Heifer USA's Donna Kilpatrick speaks with White Oak Pastures' Will Harris

Heifer International's Donna Kilpatrick and regenerative agriculture expert, Will Harris, discuss the state of the U.S. food and farming system.

Rosa Rodriguez | 41:46

Heifer Ecuador Helps Farmers Reach Consumers During COVID-19

Rosa Rodriguez, Country Director of Heifer Ecuador, discusses how local farmers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis with the support of Heifer.

Peter Laugharn | 24:46

The Role of Philanthropy in COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance

Peter Laugharn, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, discusses the role of philanthropy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ertharin Cousin | 21:37

COVID-19 and the Global Food and Farming System

Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, discusses why our food system is so vulnerable in a crisis like COVID-19 and how to fix it.

Morgan Simon | 34:57

The Role of Impact Investing in the Future of Financing Development

Morgan Simon, Founding Partner of Candide Group and author of Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change discusses the future of impact investing.