In 2021, we launched an innovative program called Youth Storytellers in Burkina Faso and Honduras. Our goal was to create a people-centered, agroecological counter-narrative opportunity for young storytellers to capture the experiences and daily lives of smallholder farmers.
Our program allowed the young people of Burkina Faso and Honduras to document the strategies and techniques that farmers in their communities use to achieve success and how they share universal elements with farmers from around the world. Moreover, these stories highlighted the use of agroecology, which has improved the resilience of these farmers.
The first Field to Film: Youth Storyteller Film Festival, held in 2022, brought voices from the field to screens across the world via Zoom. You can learn more about this program and watch our first film festival here.
New Stories, New Voices
Thanks to the success of the first Field to Film: Youth Storyteller Film Festival, we recruited more young people from communities around the world to participate this year. Our second annual film festival will feature how community-led, ecological farming solutions have changed the narrative on how smallholder farmers in seven countries tackle hunger, poverty, and climate change. The countries featured in this year’s film festival are Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, and Senegal.
Here are a few of the concepts you can expect to see in our upcoming film festival presentations:
- Burkina Faso: How agroecology is a tool to enhance the status of women
- Guatemala: The rescue and conservation of native and creole seeds
- Haiti: The importance of micro-enterprises, model gardens, and women leaders
- Honduras: How agroecology plots guarantee the consumption of healthy food, higher yield, and better access to food
- Nepal: The development and impact of women’s groups
Partners on the Ground
Our global network of local organizations has been instrumental in helping to recruit, train, and support the talented youth that have documented the stories of family farmers in their communities. The sustainable strategies that these smallholder farmers have learned and implemented can feed the growing population of the world. The use of agroecological techniques has vastly improved the resilience of families around the globe.
2nd Annual Field to Film: Youth Storyteller Film Festival
We hope you will join us December 1, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST) as we once again showcase the work of these courageous young people and the community farmers they have documented. You can tune in from wherever you are – we will send you a Zoom link to join the presentation. Interpreters in French, Haitian Creole, Nepali, and Spanish will be available for the duration of the festival.
The event is free to attend, so be sure to sign up here to receive the link to the festival! Until then, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes look at the presentations you will see on December 1st.