How to Nourish the World. Hans R. Herren

How to Nourish the World - Hans R. Herren

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       Hans R. Herren


       Translated by Sue Coles

      The author and publisher wish to thank the

       Elisabeth Jenny Foundation for its generous support

      rüffer & rub Sachbuchverlag is supported by the

       Federal Office of Culture, Switzerland, from 2016 to 2020.

      Originally published as So ernähren wir die Welt Copyright © 2016 by rüffer & rub Sachbuchverlag GmbH, Zurich

      All rights of the English edition:

      First edition Spring 2017

       All rights reserved

       Copyright © 2017 by rüffer & rub Sachbuchverlag GmbH, Zurich

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      E-Book: Clara Cendrós

      ISBN 978-3-906304-25-0

       ISBN e-book: 978-3-906304-19-9

       Foreword [by Anne Rüffer]

       A world without hunger and misery

       1. Surfeit of hunger

       2. Threats to resources

       3. Risks of climate change

       4. My vision

       5. How can we achieve our goal?

       6. A new lifestyle

       7. IAASTD Report and its consequences

       My vision in practice

       Marimanti, Kenya: The holy mountain is turning green again

       Push-Pull keeps pests and weeds in check

       Bhutan: Target: 100 % organic

       SACDEP, Kenya: Open field days for organic farming

       Meru, Kenya: Mangoes are no longer crying

       Meru, Kenya: Making a living with indigenous varieties

       Women carry the burden of responsibility

       Towelo, Tanzania: Mountain carrot

       Using biochar to protect the climate and soils

       Farmer Communication Programme for East Africa

       Rice: Production boost thanks to the System of Rice Intensification




       List of photos and diagrams

       About the author


      Geneva, 2 December 2015: A large and distinguished audience had assembled in the Ivan Pictet Auditorium to honour the latest winners of the Right Livelihood Award, widely referred to as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Rarely has the address of the venue so matched the event itself as the “Maison de la Paix” is hosting the event opened by Germany’s Minister of the Environment Barbara Hendriks and the UN Director General Michael Møller entitled “On the Frontlines and in the Courtrooms: Forging Human Security”.

      In the subsequent discussion involving the four laureates, there is one statement that electrifies me. “The UN was founded after the Second World War in order to protect future generations from being hostage to war. Since then there have been more than 170 conflicts and was there never an opportunity to discuss the elimination of war? Come on guys—that’s just not credible!” Embarrassed laughter and sheer amazement in the audience even though Dr Gino Strada, founder of the international aid organisation Emergency knows only too well what he is talking about. Since the early 1990s, he has built clinics in war zones and looked after civilian victims—only 10% were fighters from the warring factions, the other 90% were civilian. He ended by saying: “Feel free to call me a utopian; everything is a utopia until somebody implements it.”

      One of the most quoted sentences of recent decades is “I have a dream.” Not only Martin Luther King had a dream— many of us dream of a fairer world for all and a few—more than you might think—realise their dream with commitment and with all their heart and mind. They are pioneers in their field; you may call people such as Gino Strada, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa or Jody Williams utopians but each great achievement starts with an idea, a hope, a vision.

      Our new series—we call it “rüffer&rub visionary”—sets out to pass on this glimmer of an idea, a hope, a vision and so ignite the spark of personal commitment. At its heart is the author’s personal dialogue with a particular issue. Each tells an enthralling story of how they became aware of a scientific, cultural or social issue and what prompted them to search for robust answers and sustainable solutions. The writers all display great commitment. They describe what it means to make a personal commitment to pursue and to live an idea. Whether the vision is political, scientific or spiritual, all of the authors have one thing in common; they yearn for a better world and are prepared to work with all their strength to achieve it.

      The issues and activities may be extremely diverse, but common to all visionaries

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