At the 1974 World Food Congress in Rome, Henry Kissinger declared that in 10 years no child would go to bed hungry. Although his prediction did not come true, the decades that followed marked steady progress against hunger.
Even the lifting of the blockade of Ukrainian ports will not miraculously solve a crisis that is global in scope. Instead, a structural overhaul of a system that is bloated, inefficient and hypocritical is long overdue.
The trade fallout of the Russia-Ukraine conflict would be devastating for the world’s poor for whom inflation has put even the most basic foods beyond reach.
In this difficult time, we should tighten health protocols in agro-industrial value chains but without curbing the mobility of food or key inputs. Otherwise, the consequences could be extremely serious.
Inflation has put even the most basic foods beyond the reach of many households. Many families spend more than half of their income on food. The higher prices are forcing them to choose between food and rent and medicine.
Feeding the poor doesn’t have to come at the expense of saving the planet, and vice versa. But it requires looking at food systems holistically – a major departure from the current siloed approach. To avoid unintended consequences, it is essential to quantify any trade-offs with data.
This year an additional 49 million people may fall into extreme poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the most vulnerable people in the worst case scenario.
The agri-food systems of the indigenous peoples suggest solutions to feed 811 million hungry people — without damaging biodiversity.
A world wrecked by inequality, poverty and global warming isn’t a secure, safe world — for anyone.
Eighty percent of the world’s poorest people — or 600 million people — live in rural areas, work in agriculture and, ironically, go to bed hungry.
Los servicios ecosistémicos del regadío incluyen la conservación del hábitat, la regulación del clima y servicios culturales o recreativos.
In a few years, the pandemic will be behind us. We can decide whether we also leave behind deeply entrenched inequality and the structural drivers that cause them.