Happy world food day! Today we celebrate global food production, but maybe "celebration" is the wrong word. The world food day presents a good possibility to think about our food production, our food consumption, involved transport routes, and food waste.
Although food production has increased over the last decades and will continue to increase is there enough food for everybody? Do we have to talk about food security? Yes! The availability of food can be interrupted through manifold events. Droughts, floods, but also shipping disruptions, fuel shortages and economic instability can lead to people going to bed hungry. Additionally mankind is expected to grow from today 7 billion to 9 billion people in 2050 putting even more pressure on food production.
Go and watch this beautiful movie on youtube that brings the topic right on your plate. There a multiple ways to strengthen food security. We can protect individual farmers through micro insurance; this can help to absorb weather events – too little rain, or too much rain. Micro insurance can - with the help of modern techniques such as satellite data and mobile phones - be a valuable solution even for farmers at very remote places.
It is not surprising that one of the eight Millennium Development Goals from the UN is eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. The target is to halve the proportion of people going hungry between 1990 and 2015. To achieve this goal we need to work together and share knowledge and engage in initiatives. Collaboration between private companies, governments and academia, as well as big institutions like the UN and the World Bank can bring us to the next level.
Category: Food security: Farming, Food industry, Food waste