Is it impossible to strive for sustainable ecosystems and feed the world’s 7 billion people at the same time? Are these two goals completely at odds? Not according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Today is the U.N.’s World Food Day 2013: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. The FAO uses this observance to raise awareness about global hunger, encourage cooperation between developing nations to work on finding solutions, and promote technology to increase agricultural production.
This year, World Food Day’s focus is to raise awareness about the root causes of global hunger and brainstorm sustainable solutions. Issues like biodiversity and environmental sustainability, malnutrition and hunger are pieces of a larger picture.
Every aspect of the food system has an effect on the final availability and accessibility of diverse, nutritious foods – and therefore on consumers’ ability to choose healthy diets. What is more, policies and interventions on food systems are rarely designed with nutrition as their primary objective.
Jolkona’s partners are finding innovative ways to improve agricultural sustainability and reduce hunger, by working to improve food systems as a whole. In honor of World Food Day, consider making a donation to one of our Give Direct projects related to Agriculture and Food. Two examples:
How can you provide an orphan in Mexico with a nutritious and balanced diet, and support local farmers at the same time? Every $40 donated to Friends of the Orphans will supply five children with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables for a whole month. In addition to improving nutrition for these vulnerable children, the program buys the produce locally, supporting Mexican farmers and agricultural communities.
Indigenous farmers in Costa Rica face challenges like deforestation, poor agricultural productivity and unhealthy cooking practices. SeaChar works to solve these related problems by teaching communities to build, use, and sell biochar-producing stoves. These cooking stoves produce charcoal out of renewable agricultural products like coconut shells, and can also be used to supplement nutrients in the soil. A donation of $10 buys 10 kilograms of biochar for a community project; $40 can sponsor one person for a 2-day training workshop on using the stove. With your help, SeaChar can help indigenous farmers improve their environment, their food production, and even earn extra income through the production of biochar.