The sixth and final episode of the 2020 Drynet Podcast Series: Good Food for a Better Normal explores the relevance of the Rio Conventions in addressing current crises with Dr Mariam Akhtar-Shuster of the Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Centre. For many people the Rio Conventions are abstract and distant from our realities and daily lives. Drawing on her many years of experience working with communities in the global drylands, Dr Akhtar-Shuster provides insights into how the Rio Conventions can support appropriate local actions that can enhance the well-being of vulnerable farming communities.

Mariam Akhtar-Shuster is a former co-chair of the UNCCD Science Policy Interface, and she brings a depth of insight into how we can all use the platforms created by the Rio Conventions to advance planetary sustainability, retain healthy ecosystems and support the livelihoods of the people of the drylands.

The Drynet Podcast Series: Good Food for a Better Normal explores the complex systems that sustain life on the planet and put food on our tables, challenges some of our preconceptions and shares insights about how we can do better to leave a positive legacy to future generations.

The podcast series is brought to you by Drynet, a network of civil society organisations engaged with local dryland communities to support their endeavours to use land-based resources in the most sustainable way possible. The network and its members promote the concerns of land-based communities in the context of the UNCCD and the other Rio Conventions.

If you would like to download and listen to the podcasts, please download them at https://dry-net.org/the-drynet-podcast-series-good-food-for-a-better-normal/ or wherever you get your podcasts.

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