World Food Day is so important for a number of reasons.
One, it brings awareness to a serious plight is still affecting people globally. Secondly, it creates a space for brutally honest discussion and pragmatic solutions to come to the forefront. This year’s theme is ‘social protection and agriculture’ where officials will be looking at the underlying role social protection plays in reducing chronic food insecurity and poverty.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 795 million people are suffering from malnourishment globally. Although this figure is down by 167 million, there is still much to do in order to ensure that chronic hunger is completely eradicated.
In addition to this, roughly 73% of the world population have no access to adequate social protection; however when poor rural households are provided with social assistance, they are able to manage risks and shocks better. As a result of feeling financially secure and perceiving their time horizon as longer, they tend to increase their investments in agricultural assets and engage in more profitable livelihoods.
Although agriculture plays a role in eradicating poverty, it doesn’t provide a complete way out. So how is the FAO planning on addressing this year’s theme and helping to alleviate poverty within rural communities?
‘Social protection programmes, such as public works projects, can raise farm incomes and boost agricultural productivity through improvements in infrastructure, soils, water management, and connectivity to markets and access to higher-yield inputs,’ according to the FAO’s brochure for this year’s World Food Day.
It’s hugely important that we have an awareness of the benefits agriculture can bring to both urban and rural communities. It’s for this reason why Training and Courses offers a number of courses around agriculture. Whether you’re interested in Land based Studies at Hadlow College or Agriculture at Moulton College, the opportunities are vast.
See the 2015 FAO hunger map, which details targets and areas of concern