The 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable is scheduled for Oct 16-17 in Des Moines, Iowa – coinciding with the week of the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue and International Symposium.

As the Roundtable approaches GFN is introducing this year’s participants, so let’s meet this year’s representative from India, Malwinder Singh Malhi.

 

Farmer:  Malwinder Singh Malhi 

Country:  India

Transplanting in a rice paddy.

 

Where is your farm located?  

Our small-scale family farm is located near our ancestral villages situated in Punjab, India.

 

What does your farm look like? What is the size of your farm? What do you grow or raise? 

My family owns 5 hectares of land in our ancestral village. We follow a cropping sequence of wheat and rice.  In the winter and summer, we also grow a mixture of fodder crops that include rye grass, mustard and maize. 

 

What are you looking forward to most as you prepare to participate in the 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable? 

I look forward to discussing the challenges with the other global farmers.  Some topics to be considered: 

Climate change – Soil conservation – use of new technology – Protection of intellectual property rights – Promotion of biotechnology – Resistance problems – Strengthening of farmer organizations to support policies – Need-based research for the regional level – Promotion of extension services in south Asian countries – Nutritional hunger challenges with bio-fortified wheat and Golden rice – Access to high tech machines, complex production practices and production regulations that require skilled labor.

Malhi holding a photo of Dr. Norman Borlaug while celebrating World Food Day.