In our tenth segment, the Platform interviews Nikita Eriksen-Hamel, Deputy Director of Agriculture and Food Systems for Global Affairs Canada. Nikita shares the issues that keep him up at night, and details the importance of a farming system that is both sustainable and capable of keeping up with our population growth. He highlights the need for donors to keep small-scale farmers in mind, as they are key to the wider development landscape. Nikita is a long-time member of the Donor Platform.

Nikita Eriksen-Hamel

Deputy Director, Agriculture and Food Systems
Global Affairs Canada



"FARMS. FOOD. FUTURE" is the podcast of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is adding its voice to the podcast in a miniseries and bringing a donor perspective to the frontline of food security. IFAD, as the host of the Platform secretariat, had created a special corner of conversation for our members and partners.

Nikita's interview starts at the 57.48-minute mark.

Platform introduction starts at the 57.00-minute mark.

Tune into the rest of IFAD's podcast on SIDS, food security and climate shocks.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are facing unimaginable challenges, including worsening food security and climate change. Join us and IFAD’s Climate change and environmental specialist Oliver Page to learn more about how to help the islands’ small-scale farmers and fishers strengthen their climate resilience. We hone in on IFAD projects in Haiti and Tonga as well as the Philippines – a larger island state battling similar issues to SIDS – before getting the latest on the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit from Stefanos Fotiou, the head of the Food Systems Summit Coordination Hub. Max Cotton in the UK updates us on how his self-sufficient lifestyle is treating him before ending with Nikita Eriksen-Hamel and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development.




Maurizio Navarra

Secretariat Coordinator at the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome/Italy


Michelle Tang

Secretariat Communications at the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome/Italy