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16 May 14 11:44

Over the years I have represented those poor men and women who live in rural villages in Sub-Saharan Africa. They farm in a piece of land—land they do not own. Some rise before dawn and walk miles to collect water—if there is water to be found. Then they work all day in a field, sometimes with a baby strapped on her back.

If they are lucky, drought, blight, or pests don’t destroy her crops, and they raise enough to feed their family—and maybe even have some left over to sell. But there’s no road to the nearest market and no one to buy from them anyway. Everyone else is as poor as they are.

Now let’s consider the life of a young man in a crowded city 100 miles from that farmer. He has no job—or a job that pays pennies. He goes to the market—but the food is rotting, or priced beyond reach. He is hungry, and often angry.

These farmers have extra food to sell, and he wants to buy it. But that simple transaction can’t take place because of complex forces beyond their control.

The daily effort to grow, buy, or sell food is the defining struggle of their lives. Empowering the world’s farmers to sow and harvest plentiful crops, and ensuring that the food they produce reaches people most in need, is a global challenge that lies at the heart of what experts refer to as “food security.”


Category: Food security: Farming

Location: Kericho, Kenya


2 Comments

Alicia Montoya - 19 May 2014, 5:13 p.m.

Food security is indeed a very complex issue, and globalization has made the challenge even more complex. But there are many great initiatives that are being put in place to help farmers.

Have a look at this beautiful video that describes how insurance can help farmers be more resilient to natural and economic shocks. The video also stresses how critical it is for governments, NGOs, research organizations and the private sector to partner together to build a better system, via e.g. efficient storage capacity, modern transportation and efficient distribution.

The video closes with something that we don't talk about enough, which is the cost of not acting: "It's not about charity, it's about avoiding future crises by building a resilient society". To that I would add "and (it's) about helping create a stronger future global economy and empowering the next generation of consumers". It makes economic sense in every way! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IGPAiOu_X8

Bernd Wilke - 2 Jun 2014, 3:13 p.m.

I think you faced the problem very well. Without the rural population there won't be a way to feed a world of 9 billion by 2050.

The was many times acknowledged by the FAO for the globe

http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/fao_ilo/pdf/Papers/DRE_Food_Price_Volatility.pdf

and is also pointed out in the following publication especially for Africa

http://media.swissre.com/documents/SubSaharan_Africa_Agro.pdf

Point is that we must put into action everything we know that helps to get farmers in the rural areas of the world to keep on farming. And in this area is unfortunately still a big room for improvement.


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