Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2003
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Sowing Seeds of Hunger

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The AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa has crippled the agricultural community while forcing children to undertake the responsibilities of farming.

Life 3 - Sowing Seeds of Hunger

Barnabas and Mary Chalaba were once among the more prosperous farmers of their village in the north of Zambia. But today, they are destitute - too sick to farm their land, and dependent on their children to oversee the crops. Like 30 million others in sub-Saharan Africa, Mary and Barnabas are infected with the HIV virus.

In southern Africa, the highest rates of HIV infection occur among young adults, whose ages range from 15 to 49. This is the same group who, as agricultural workers and small scale farmers, are the backbone and future of countries such as Zambia. Since 1985, more than seven million farmers have succumbed to AIDS, striking at the heart of agricultural production.

But as SOWING SEEDS OF HUNGER shows, the fallout from this pandemic extends beyond agriculture, undermining development in the region while endangering the lives of orphans and widows affected by the rampant spread of HIV.

With the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Main credits

Heer, James (film producer)
Heer, James (film director)
McCormack, Declan (editor of moving image work)
Floravanti, Massimo (editor of moving image work)
Oliva, Roberto (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)
Lewis, Stephen (on-screen participant)
Callens, Karel (on-screen participant)
Villarreal, Marcela (on-screen participant)
Coillard, Hamusimbi (on-screen participant)
Manuel, Faustino (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editors, Declan McCormack, Massimo Floravanti, Roberto Oliva; series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

James Heer

Television Trust for the Environment
James Heer
Series Editor: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Human Rights
Agriculture and Food
Public Health
Medical Anthropology
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Child Labor
Human Rights
Social Justice
United Nations


AIDS, Africa, Zambia, sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infection, child labor; "Sowing Seeds of Hunger"; Bullfrog Films

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