Agriculture and Food Security
If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment.
Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities. (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).
- Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households.
- 500 million small farms worldwide, most still rainfed, provide up to 80 per cent of food consumed in a large part of the developing world. Investing in smallholder women and men is an important way to increase food security and nutrition for the poorest, as well as food production for local and global markets.
- Since the 1900s, some 75 per cent of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems.
- If female farmers had the same access to resources as male, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
Project FarmEd is a peer-to-peer farm education initiative which aims to help empower low income farmers with access to the latest information on farming practices and methods through a vehicle they trust.
Project Everest is developing a number of social businesses working to improve agricultural practices across a number of developing nations. If there is a need for these social businesses in Malawi, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, there is an opportunity to further diversify these businesses and help them to become more stable and secure into the future. Opportunities that could eventuate from this initial assessment are expanding the concept of FarmEd to this countries or providing storage solutions for perishable foods that fluctuate in price significantly, due to most of these countries having a single yield each year in line with the wet season.