Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. This community of farmers sit at a critical nexus between survival and global opportunity. With 500 million farm holdings in the developing world, smallholder farmers typically cultivate less than two hectares (4.4 acres) of land for subsistence and earn less than $2 per day. [ 138 more words ]
With more than 60% of its 1.166 billion people living in rural areas, Africa’s economy is inherently dependent on agriculture. More than 32% of the continent’s gross domestic product comes from the sector. Agriculture is at the heart of the challenge to harness the continent’s increasing wealth and use it to improve people’s lives. However, agricultural productivity still remains far from developed world standards. [ 139 more words ]
The global trends and challenges that are shaping our future (Image: www.fao.org/publications/fofa/en). Click here to see the full infographic. Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report out today. World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges… [ 53 more words ]
Whether we categorize uneaten food as “lost” or “wasted” depends on where it goes out of the food supply chain. Imagine how everything we eat travels across a food supply chain, a complex journey that stretches from farm to table. Studies show that an astounding 1/3 of all the food we produce for human consumption never actually reaches our plates. [ 642 more words ]
Improving the sustainability of food value chains can massively benefit the rural poor! Solutions are needed for the integration of smallholders into food value chains to reduce poverty and improve food security for millions of poor households in developing countries.