The coronavirus pandemic has delivered a dual shock to supply and demand in quick succession. It’s a serious threat to food security because even though there is enough food for everyone in the world, it’s not a given that people have access to it.
It is precisely because the coronavirus doesn’t respect borders that global cooperation is the only shot at defeating it.
Trade restrictions are breaking supply chains, and coronavirus lockdowns are preventing laborers from working on farms. Countries need to step back and stop panicking.
As countries wage full-on war on the coronavirus, they should also have a battle plan to lessen the shocks to their food supply chains. Here’s how.
The sooner countries can implement tough mitigations, the lower the scope of the pandemic and subsequent damage to the economy will be. Even those countries without any confirmed cases should act now.
The defining challenge of our time is meeting the food demands of nearly 10 billion people by 2050, while maintaining economic growth and protecting the environment. It’s an extraordinary act of balancing priorities. AI and robotic farming will play a crucial role in this act.
Hunger is a complex problem. This podcast interview explains what the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is doing to tackle this complex challenge, while protecting the environment and empowering vulnerable people.
This 10-minute video — “Central America without Hunger: What is the Best Approach to Make It Happen?” — highlights the food and nutrition challenges facing the region and how they can be addressed.
Decades ago, improved seeds and chemical fertilizers doubled or tripled crop yields and helped save millions from famine. But the pursuit of higher crop yields at all costs is what got us here today.
FAO’s close review of what we know about food loss offers a reminder that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For example, cassava, a staple in much of the tropics, perishes much more quickly than potatoes in temperate regions do.
The lack of data has been a major cause for inaction. Without knowing how much food is lost where, we can’t know which interventions would be effective.
If we want to envision a world free of hunger and malnutrition, we need sustainable trade with clear rules. Incentives for agricultural producers must change, too.