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MFB: HELLO EVERYONE!
I remain Nkechi, a Media Representative for MyFarmbase Africa.
Okay let’s welcome our guest… Mattheus Saueressig, @msaueressig1, nice to have you here… How are you doing today?
Mattheus: Hello Nkechi, I’m glad to be here. I am super excited!
MFB: Can you describe what a government policy is? In simple terms
Mattheus: A policy is a principle or course of action proposed or implemented by a governing body. A government policy is a rule or principle that hopefully better guides decisions, resulting in positive outcomes that enhance the community or unit.
MFB: How are food policies formulated and implemented? Give us a case study.
Mattheus: They are formulated to sustain the environment, help the improvement of social equality and good nutrition. The governments must architect plan with food suppliers and farmers to discuss how distribute the food and which type of food should be distributed.
MFB: How do you differentiate a good policy from a bad one?
Mattheus: A food system can be judged by whether it is good for environmental sustainability, for health and promotes equality in general. A good policy should attend all these matters. Normally, a bad policy does not communicate with society, as it thinks only in profit.
MFB: Who benefits the most when policies are made in the Agriculture sector? Farmers, Entrepreneurs or governments?
Mattheus: It depends. Some governments do deals with farmers to have more influence. Thus, Farmers would have more freedom to have the policy that suits them better. When you organize a policy with all society, without individual interests, this policy will benefit everyone.
MFB: How do key stakeholders of the Agriculture value chain contribute to policy formulation?
Mattheus: Every kind of stakeholder shares a lit bit of influence. Thus, they all influence the formulation of policies. In order to create a successful policy, the stakeholders must share a common goal and work together. Otherwise, it may cause conflict.
MFB: Can you give an example of a food policy you know about in any country of the world?
Mattheus: The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) from Washington DC promotes agricultural practices that conserve soil, water, wildlife habitats, and energy resources to prevent climate changes.
MFB: #AgroLatestChat tonight is coming to an end pretty soon but before then I’m sure a number of people might be curious about what #CellularAgriculture is… Can you briefly tell us what cellular agriculture is about?
Mattheus: Cellular Agriculture, or Cell-Ag for short, is the science or practice of farming animal products from cells rather than entire animals. This includes but is not limited to food animal products like meat, milk, and eggs, as well as leather, silk and rhinoceros horn.
MFB: Interesting! Thank you for your time so far!
How about you end the session by telling us what thank you in German is?
Mattheus: Vielen dank für ihre Aufmerksamkeit!
MFB: Haha! I think we will stick to just thank you over here!
Thank you for your time
Till next time everyone.