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Companies must work together to fight famine

When investigating the global geopolitical scene in 2022, it is difficult not to be discouraged. The four Bible jockeys of the Apocalypse, war, famine, plague, and death seem to hold the reins of our collective future.

Hunger has long been confined primarily to developing regions of the world, but is biting in the west. Part of this was caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian invasion overturned the European breadbasket, including the blockade of 90 million tonnes of agricultural products originally destined for Asia and Africa, including the blockade at the Black Sea harbor.

However, despite these circumstances, the fact that climate change is a major confusion in the world’s diet cannot be ignored.

The fact that climate change is a major confusion in the world’s diet cannot be ignored.

Look at the last 12 months. Abnormal weather patterns caused by climate change are ubiquitous. Serious floods wiped out many crops Millions of livestock have drowned in North America, and heat waves have shrunk other livestock. East Australia received By the end of March, it had rained the equivalent of the year and the crop strips had been washed away. India and Pakistan burned By April, the hottest month of 122, most of the wheat was left as burnt and killed thousands. Africa was hit by a storm It caused widespread death and destruction.

The epidemic of global inflation puts additional pressure on people to have access to basic food.

We are at stake in the global crisis of not meeting the basic levels of physiologic safety (food and clothing) in Maslow’s hierarchy of desires.

The United Nations Food Price Index That hit March highest point The prices of wheat, corn and vegetable oil have soared. The increased costs of these basic groceries affect everyone, especially the millions of people who live by a small margin.

This mix of famine, death, war and climate change has banished millions of people. Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations, Warning in April There could be 100 million refugees around the world. This is similar to what everyone in California, Texas, Florida, and New York needs to move. at the same time.

We are more than ever United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.. We intended to achieve that by 2030. Instead, the United Nations estimates that 840 million people will be affected by hunger in 2030, a calculation made prior to this year’s climate and conquest events.

Livelihoods and livelihoods are being lost, centered on 6.5 billion people in 143 countries with emerging markets and developing economies. Over 90% of all deaths from extreme weather events over the last 50 years have occurred in these countries.

Hunger is biting the more developed parts of the world. A New report from the Food Foundation In the UK, one in seven families was found to have “food insecurity.” The inability of so many families in one of the G7 countries to pay for three meals a day shows that this problem is a reality. And it doesn’t disappear.

Against this terrible background World Economic Forum Annual Meeting It will be held in Davos, Switzerland, from May 22nd to 26th. This year’s theme is “Working Together and Regaining Trust.” Where is a better place to start working together than trying to stop the global famine?

How to work together

Neither surviving in an accelerating climate change world nor facing all the challenges that come with it, a single company or group of people cannot survive. We need to rethink our business model, how we do business, and how we survive and prosper together in peace. Only then can we build a better future for work for those who are losing their livelihoods. Here’s how you can work together:

I don’t want to waste it. A shocking amount of food is wasted every day.Let’s use Food rescue hierarchy Created as a guide by the US Environmental Protection Agency, it begins by reducing the sources and quantities of surplus food generated and donating food to people in need. At the same time, companies need to consider supply chain performance and diversity, come up with fresh ideas on how to improve packaging to reduce food waste, and come up with ways to shift consumer demand.

From a supply chain perspective, businesses should be encouraged to buy locally (based on neighborhood, town, city, region, or country) to stimulate the local economy and mitigate the effects of climate change. is.

Invest wisely. Guidance from Ceres2030 The study now looks even better. Companies need to refocus on where they are investing and sign up for a pledge to “end hunger and nourish the future.” These are the top 10 priorities based on empowering excluded people on and off the farm.

  • Allows participation in farmers’ organizations
  • Invest in vocational training programs for rural youth that provide integrated training for multiple skills
  • Expand social protection programs
  • Invest in dissemination services, especially for women, associated with R & D expenses
  • Supporting economically viable and sustainable practices for farmers
  • Supporting the adoption of climate-resistant crops
  • Expand farm-level intervention in water-scarce areas
  • Improve the quality and quantity of livestock feed on small and medium-sized commercial farms
  • Reduce post-harvest losses by focusing on fruits and vegetables, as well as other parts of the value chain, not just grains
  • Invest in infrastructure, regulation, technical assistance (TA), and services to support SMEs in the value chain

These investments in people and technology will also help in the climate crisis. This change may limit agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the commitments agreed in the Paris Agreement. At the same time, it can double the incomes of 545 million food producers and their families around the world.

Companies will benefit from these investments. New finance and technology will expand the markets with the most growth potential for many companies. Commitments can help attract young, skilled top professionals who want to join a company with a higher sense of purpose. All of this supports a company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) profile, which is a top priority for the investment community.

Listen to the stakeholders. How do stakeholders react? Are they sharing pain and ready to face the challenge of famine head-on? Or do you want your company to hide its resources and money under a (figurative) corporate mattress due to non-stop inflation?

Climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation are all directly or indirectly related to food. Nothing exists in isolation, so companies need to be informed about all these major issues at all times.

Leverage technology and nature-based solutions. Innovation should be used to help everyone, not just a few privileged people. Only then can we create the future we want, if we don’t want to leave someone behind. Already there are so many great options:

  • Regenerative agriculture: Use agricultural and grazing practices that reverse climate change by reconstructing soil organic matter and restoring biodiversity in degraded soil
  • Biomimetics: Improve your food system using techniques and processes found in nature, such as an aeroponics cultivation system modeled after a beehive.
  • Regenerative marine aquaculture: Grow seaweed, scallops, mussels, lajonkairia, etc. with a simple rope and buoy structure hung on the seabed
  • Precision agriculture that combines the Internet of Things and agricultural technology
  • Urban Vertical Farming: Use roofs and gardens to grow food in a confined urban space
  • Peer-to-peer agriculture
  • 3D food printing that leads to the possibility of mass production
  • A drone that can deliver food to people in remote areas
  • United Nations Hunger Map Live to Monitor Food Supply Around the World

When people are hungry, human development suffers. Climate change is accelerating our plunge towards crop and livestock loss, lack of biodiversity, and the potential for global famine. It’s time to work together and feed the world (as Bob Geldof once said). Or, many people don’t know when Christmas 2022 will be.

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