This post is based on an originally written article by His Excellency Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of United Nations, titled Building a Food Secure World.
In his article, Mr Annan states that “A profound change of our global food system is urgently needed. Despite recent progress, one in nine people does not have enough food to eat and another two billion lack the nutrition necessary for proper health. In addition, global population growth, dietary shifts, and our changing climate are making it more difficult to produce enough food to provide healthy diets for everyone. If current trends continue, food production must double by 2050 to meet the world’s growing demand.”
We find it quite profound, the points he laid out as solutions. These will ensure that all human have an adequate supply of quality food. By these, we feel that we (Agrihome) need to keep to the right path. We are also very motivated to carry on. Besides, we feel a deep sense of responsibility to ensure we do our part.
These are the solutions he offered in his article, to securing food for the world.
1. Increasing agricultural productivity
He explains that we need to increase agricultural productivity to help end hunger, which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals. He suggests that smallholder agriculture must be treated as a commercial business. Also, there is the need to enable private sector interventions alongside the government.
2. Produce food with fewer resources
Produce more food with fewer resources like land, water and others, he suggests. Moreso, there is the need to put in place and enforce the regulation that helps manage natural resources in a sustainable way. Furthermore, the climatic shocks are becoming more frequent and severe. So, farmers need to adopt more tolerant seed varieties and adopt conservation agriculture techniques.
3. Quality of diets rather than quantity
Mr Annan says we need to emphasise more on the quality of our diets, rather than just focusing on quantity. He further states: Poor nutrition inhibits people from thriving, and research has shown that the economic returns from investing in nutrition are well worth the effort, as better nourished populations are consequently more productive.
4. Prioritise consumer health and safety
His fourth point states the need to ensure that the health and safety of the consumer are at the core of all our efforts. For example, the abuse and improper use of antibiotics in livestock, aquaculture and crop production. These can pose considerable risks to human health. High food safety and nutrition standards along the entire agri-food chain are imperative four our future health.
All of us need to play our part.
Read the original article on Building a Food Secure World by Kofi Annan.