The availability of food to hungry people is major challenge in the world today. The challenge varies according to regions. Below are samples of how this and other food issues and actions are being taken up in each of six regions of the world.
For current news on agricultural action and research in Africa, go to this PAEPARD website (Platform for Africa--European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development).
It is estimated that the food wasted in China each year could feed 100 million people. In the Asia Pacific region, food waste and food loss along the supply chain has been recognized as a major problem. Can there be a 'technology fix' to this problem? Read this report.
Some people believe European innovation will lead the 21st century food system. Read this article from FoodTank.
Food security is sometimes thought of as an issue exclusive to developing countries. Here is interesting information on Canada's national food security plan.
Rural women in South America play a key role in reducing hunger and improving food security, but they remain invisible and vulnerable. Read what is being done about this.
An invasive pest from the Americas is threatening India's food security. Read about it here.
Questions to Consider
Select a country from a world region you have never visited and do some fact-finding about food.
- What are the major challenges related to food in the country?
- Is food available to the majority of the people in the country?
- Does the government have any policies to increase the quality and availability of food in the country?
- How healthy is your eating? Brainstorm and identify the types of food you would recommend for healthy eating, considering the needs of your area.
- Work as a team to argue why you would recommend organic farming over conventional farming and organize a discussion in your school on the importance of organic farming.