Heifer International Live Chats

Upcoming Live Chats

Heifer International Live Chats welcome leaders in agriculture, international development, food systems, nutrition, climate change, impact investing, philanthropy, media, and more for 30-minute fireside-style virtual chats. Hosted by President and CEO Pierre Ferrari and other Heifer International experts, the conversations explore solutions to the challenges facing the future of food and farming beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about The Answer Under Our Feet: Why Healthy Soil is Key to Rebuilding the Food System.

The Answer Under Our Feet: Why Healthy Soil Is Key to Rebuilding the Food System

Wednesday, Mar. 3rd @ 12pm EST
Join Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer of the Rodale Institute, in conversation with Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO of Heifer International, for a discussion on why healthy soil and the farming systems that support it are the answer to sustainably improving human health.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari, along with other Heifer International leaders and experts, are teaming up with leaders in international development, agriculture, philanthropy, impact investing, and more to prepare for a post-pandemic world.

In 20-30-minute fireside style chats, they discuss the immediate and longterm effects of COVID-19 on sustainable development and agriculture, and why investment in smallholder farmers is critical to building resilient food and farming systems for global food security. 

Watch Previous Live Chats

Danielle Nierenberg | 30:10

Building More Resilient Food Systems with Julia Child Award Recipient Danielle Nierenberg

Join Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank, as she discusses the challenges and opportunities for building more resilient food systems beyond COVID-19.

Sacred Cow Q&A with Diana Rodgers | 30:27

Sacred Cow Q&A with Diana Rodgers

Sacred Cow comes at a critical point in nutrition and sustainability, as the film probes the fundamental moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries associated with raising and eating animals.

Sherry-Lee Singh | 29:57

Sustainable Solutions for Resilient Farming Communities

Walmart Foundation’s Director of Sustainability, Sherry-Lee Singh, discusses how farmer-producer organizations can help advance gender equity and community resilience.

Donnie Smith | 31:31

From Large-Scale Food Production to Smallholder Farming in Africa

Former Tyson Foods CEO, Donnie Smith, discusses his experience in large-scale food production and how it influenced his recent transition to supporting sustainable smallholder farming.

Gabrielle Rubenstein | 36:00

Investing for Good: How to Increase Investment in Socially Conscious Enterprises

Founder of Manna Tree, Gabrielle Rubenstein discusses how to increase investment in socially conscious, profit-making companies.

Laura Riley chatting with Pierre | 29:44

The Real Cost of Food: Is the Global Pandemic Changing How We Eat?

The Washington Post’s national food business reporter, Laura Reiley, discusses her reporting on the impacts of the pandemic on the food system and the widespread market disruption.

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken | 31:14

The Role of NGOs in a Post-COVID-19 World

Join leading expert on INGO organizational effectiveness, leadership development and culture, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, discussing the role of NGOs in the future of development.

Tom Colicchio with Pierre | 33:50

A Live Conversation on the U.S. Hunger and Nutrition Crisis with Chef Tom Colicchio

Awaiting the results of the U.S. presidential election, Tom and Pierre will discuss how the next four years could impact sustainable food systems.

Dr. Esther Ndumi Ngumbi | 32:19

A Live Conversation on Soil Health and Food Security with Soil Expert Dr. Esther Ndumi Ngumbi

Join Professor of Entomology at University of Illinois, Dr. Esther Ndumi Ngumbi for a discussion on why soil is critical to food security.

Pierre speaking with Neena Joshi | 1:01:03

World Food Day Conversation Series on Supporting Smallholder Farmers During COVID-19

Listen to a one-hour conversation series with Heifer country programs as they discuss how each have responded to the crisis.

Nicholas Kristof | 23:36

A Conversation with The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kristof, speaks about the potential for a greater, more impactful hunger pandemic and how the world should respond.

Morgan Simon | 34:57

The Role of Impact Investing in the Future of Financing Development

Morgan Simon, Founding Partner of Candide Group and author of Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change discusses the future of impact investing.

Ertharin Cousin | 21:37

COVID-19 and the Global Food and Farming System

Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, discusses why our food system is so vulnerable in a crisis like COVID-19 and how to fix it.

Peter Laugharn | 24:46

The Role of Philanthropy in COVID-19 Humanitarian Assistance

Peter Laugharn, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, discusses the role of philanthropy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rosa Rodriguez | 41:46

Heifer Ecuador Helps Farmers Reach Consumers During COVID-19

Rosa Rodriguez, Country Director of Heifer Ecuador, discusses how local farmers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis with the support of Heifer.

Will Harris | 29:59

Between Two Farmers: Heifer USA's Donna Kilpatrick speaks with White Oak Pastures' Will Harris

Heifer International's Donna Kilpatrick and regenerative agriculture expert, Will Harris, discuss the state of the U.S. food and farming system.

Dante Disparte | 23:51

How Digital Currency Could Help the Global Economy in Times of Crisis

Dante Disparte, Vice Chair of the Libra Association, discusses financial inclusion and the role financial systems like Libra could play in responding to global crises.

Petronella Halwiindi | 23:41

How Livestock Investments Strengthen Food Security, Incomes, and Resilience

Country Director of Heifer Zambia, Petronella Halwiindi, and agricultural economist Alex Winter-Nelson, PhD discuss the impacts of COVID-19.

Jacqueline Novogratz | 33:01

How Long-Term Investment in Small-Scale Farmers Can Transform the Food System

Founder of impact investment fund Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz discusses how patient capital can deliver dignified livelihoods for farmers.

Dan Glickman | 31:29

Why smallholder farming is the solution to a more resilient food and farming system

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, discusses why government support is critical to scaling up sustainable, small-scale farms.

Raj Kumar | 28:34

The Future of International Development and Media with Devex Editor-in-Chief, Raj Kumar

Editor-in-Chief of Devex, Raj Kumar, will speak about what to expect in international development and media in a post COVID-19 world.

Brady Deaton | 27:33

Why Governments and NGOs Must Support Longterm Sustainable Solutions to Agricultural Development

Dr. Brady Deaton will discuss how governments and NGOs can help create more equitable food systems.

Barton Seaver | 31:19

The Impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable Seafood and its Importance to Local and Global Food Systems

Barton Seaver will join a conversation on how consumers can support a more sustainable global food system.

Ruth Reichl | 28:29

HeiferTogether Conversation - Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl speaks about patterns in food consumption and our changing connection to the origin and health benefits of the food we eat.

Karen Washington | 42:34

How Farmer Cooperatives Help Build Food Justice

Founder of Rise and Root Farm and food justice activist, Karen Washington, speaks with Heifer USA Director, Perry Jones about building food justice.

Diana Rodgers | 35:31

The Case for Better Meat: Why Livestock is Essential to a Healthy Planet

Diana Rodgers speaks on the critical role that livestock plays in regenerative agriculture and human nutrition.