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30 June 2021

Growing Together – Let’s Fika and Talk about Global Development

Growing Together – Authentic voices from agriculture and development – Two video talks capturing voices from past to future about the essence of development work

Background to Growing Together

Development work is an ongoing reaction to local, national and regional contexts and involves constant learning, adapting and reflecting on the challenges that have been faced and the insights that have been gained. In these short videos we open up a space to discuss how far we’ve come (lessons learned) and what lies ahead (future preparedness) via open one-on one conversations with professionals within the agriculture and development sector. This work is aimed at engaging both audiences working within the field but also those with an interest or who are engaged in the food and agriculture domain.

It is really important to create spaces for diverse perspectives and to share lessons learned and be open to new ideas within development work. Challenges related to food security, nutrition and development go beyond cultural, geographical and generational borders. It is with this intention that we propose to capture a selection of senior and junior voices from food and agriculture development work from the past and to the present day – participating in a moderated discussion around current challenges within the ag/development sector. This project seeks to uncover insights and new perspectives from professionals within the field. What can one learn from each other? How can we grow together through sharing our experiences? How can valuable perspectives from the past be adapted to current and future contexts?

This project will initially focus on Sweden (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) but will be expanded to other geographical locations where Swedish development work has been active in the past, inducing a multi-and-cross cultural exchange and collaboration.

Growing Together – Trailer

Growing Together – Representation within Global Development


  • Annika Åhnberg, former Swedish Agriculture Minister
  • Clara Plambeck, Global Development student

Moderator: Nilo Mir

Growing Together – The Future of Global Development


  • Mats Hårsmar, Deputy Managing Director at Expert Group for Aid Studies
  • Frida Lamberth Wallensteen, Social Anthropology student

Moderator: Nilo Mir