earthrise: Farming For The Future screens on Al Jazeera English on 10 June 2017 at 1830 SAST. earthrise first sets off to South Africa, which is experiencing its worst drought in 100 years. Since the 1990s, South Africa has lost a third of its farms due to water scarcity.
South African presenter Ndoni Khanyile, who also hosted Innovate Africa on Al Jazeera, explores some solutions for farming during severe drought. She meets Jill Farrant, a professor at the University of Cape Town, who has been trying to unlock the secret behind resurrection plants, which can survive long periods without water. She thinks they may hold the answer to crops surviving long periods without water. Ndoni then heads to a large orchard that is using Fruitlook, a cutting-edge satellite application to track soil health and irrigate precisely.
earthrise also travels to Nepal, where a new initiative called Plantwise is setting up clinics to advise and aid farmers in ridding farms of pests with eco-friendly methods.
earthrise is Al Jazeera's award-winning environmental show, which takes a positive look at ecological, scientific, technological and design projects around the world. Now in its eighth season, earthrise has produced a special series focusing on climate change to coincide with the global climate summit in Paris. From the economic myths, to the psychology, to the science and scale of action needed, the films explore the big issues under debate. For more information, visit http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/.