In this episode, Nourishing the Planet research fellow Molly Theobald discusses how helping farmers to benefit from wildlife conservation can improve diets, increase livelihoods, and protect the environment. Organizations, such as the Rhino Conservation Trust in Zimbabwe, are helping farmers grow their crops in harmony with the surrounding environment and wildlife.
Danielle Nierenberg, an expert on livestock and sustainability, currently serves as Project Director of State of World 2011 for the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based environmental think tank. Her knowledge of factory farming and its global spread and sustainable agriculture has been cited widely in the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and other publications.
Danielle worked for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is currently traveling across Africa looking at innovations that are working to alleviate hunger and poverty and blogging everyday at Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. She has a regular column with the Mail & Guardian, the Kansas City Star, and the Huffington Post and her writing was been featured in newspapers across Africa including the Cape Town Argus, the Zambia Daily Mail, Coast Week (Kenya), and other African publications. She holds an M.S. in agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University and a B.A. in environmental policy from Monmouth College.
These kinds of education programmes are absolutely essential to help protect the endangered wildlife and habitat of Africa. The same kind of programme is used to help locals and Mountain Gorillas live together in Rwanda. Living together and helping to encourage the local people is the only way to protect these wonderful animals from becoming extinct. Keep up the good work!