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Benno Hansen
Patent Assistant (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Focusing on our bright green future, environmental sustainability, global partnership and climate change.

MSc degree in horticulture from Copenhagen University, thesis on Hidden Markov Modelling of protein sequences - which is the same algorithm that lies at the core of Google. Winner of TH!NK2, Y!HAA

Have written for magazines at an advertising bureau, supported university students in their IT-tasks, helped maintain the university hardware, software and websites, vacuum cleaned bodies of escaped laboratory test frogs, been a mail man with the Danish Postal Service and counted the number of passengers for the Danish Railways.

My goal is to publish a best selling science fiction novel and/or get elected for parliament with an intellectual party. But I spend a lot more time betting on football matches (and winning), attending FC Copenhagen home games which I hold a season ticket for, reading lots of science fiction and popularized science, skating and eating organic meals with my beautiful, eco-friendly biomedicine ethicist girlfriend.

Oh yeah... every now and then I also blog ;-)


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Video: Celebrities, agriculture and trade as seen by NGO worker

Published 13th January 2011 - 1 comments - 12235 views -

What are the roles of celebrities, organic agriculture and Fair Trade in eradicating poverty and hunger, securing universal education, environmental sustainability and the other Millennium Development Goals? Specifically, how does one NGO address these in its projects? Lean back and listen...

On December 17th I joined a little group of fellow bloggers in a Skype conference. Because January 31st we meet in Nairobi, Kenya to embark on a trip to Kisumu where we will visit “Millennium Development Goals” villages. In the Skype conference we had the opportunity to submit questions to John McArthur, Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Promise, via Diana Lungu of European Journalism Center.

It's not that I think my questions are the best or the most important. But while I can't improve the answers I can clarify my questions a bit. Below are the three of my questions that were passed on by Diana as rephrased by her as well as time references to the original video.

Celebrities

I wanted to get into the subject because I'd just watched the documentary Starsuckers [Official website | IMDb] which among other shocking information contains devastating critique of the Live Aid concerts. Bob Geldof wrote a 12 page complaint to the director.

Question as rephrased by Diana Lungu [37:54]: “Next question is: What do you have to say on the relationship between culture, religion and HIV prevention in the millennium villages and in this context as well could you refer to the role of engaging celebrities in achieving the millennium development goals?”

Two separate answer from 41:06 to 45:36 in the original video.

Organic agriculture or Big Ag?

How can agriculture really be sustainable in any way when fertilizers, pesticides and seeds have to be bought from European or North American countries? But is the other way – organic agriculture – efficient enough to be used in development programs? This is one of the great debates and one I want to discuss.

Question as rephrased by Diana Lungu [45:40]: What is sustainability to you – organic agriculture? What are your thoughts on eco-agriculture; can we do with or without it?”

Answer on organic agriculture from 46:04 to 48:50 in the original video. John then move on to links to AIDS treatment and similar issues and village income which is really also a relevant approach.

Fair Trade

Actually, I think this one just popped up into my head.

Question as rephrased by Diana Lungu [45:40]: How is fair trade doing in the millennium development villages?”

Answer on Fair Trade from 53:05 to 55:02 in the original video.



Obviously, I think most of us would have liked the session to have been more specific on his actual projects. But it is a diverse topic and a challenge just to conduct such a multi participant Skype interview.

If you like, watch the entire 1 hour interview:


Category: Aid | Tags: environment, development, agriculture, kenya,


Comments

  • Kevin Rennie on 13th February 2011:

    Benno

    Very interesting! We must Skype sometime.


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