29 September 2023
Hello and welcome to IPS Connect Coffee Chats! Today, we want to address a topic of great concern that impacts everyone on a global scale – the pressing issue of the global food crisis.
The world is dealing with a major hunger crisis like never before. You won’t believe it, but in just two years, the number of people who don’t have enough food or could potentially face this issue has shot up to over 300 million in 2023! This problem is happening in 79 different countries, and it’s getting worse due to conflicts, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic. In war-torn areas, the already vulnerable population is facing even greater hardship due to the soaring prices of essential items. It’s heartbreaking to think that millions of people are struggling to feed themselves and are getting closer to starving. We are at a critical crossroads, and it’s crucial that we take actions.
Additionally, poverty, inequality, and ineffective food production and distribution systems pose significant challenges. It’s a complex issue with lots of different factors contributing to it, but one thing is for sure: we all need to work together to find solutions.
So, how can we as individuals and communities contribute to address this crisis? Promoting sustainable agriculture is an essential factor. This means supporting farmers who use environmentally friendly methods and reduce the use of harmful inputs like pesticides and fertilizers. It’s all about finding a balance between meeting food demands and preserving the planet.
Reducing food waste is another crucial measure. You might be surprised to know that a significant amount of food goes to waste every day. We can contribute to ensuring that more food reaches those in need by increasing our awareness of our own food consumption, and by actively supporting initiatives that address the issue of food waste.
It’s important to show support for local and small-scale farmers. By engaging in local procurement, we’re taking a big step towards building a stronger and more varied food system. This way we won’t have to rely so much on monocultures and huge industrial farms. Additionally, opting for local procurement allows us to get fresher produce, help boost our own local economies, and even do our part in reducing carbon footprints.
We need to spread the word about the global food crisis and prioritize sustainable and equitable food systems. Remember, even the smallest efforts matter, and by joining forces, we can have a significant impact.