• Agents of Change

    • By the year 2050, more than 9 billion people will inhabit Earth, which poses an important food challenge; some initiatives are already proposing possible solutions.

    Reaching food security through 4 proposals / 

    Food security was defined during the 1996 World Summit on Food, as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” To reach that point, new strategies are needed, since the present  system, and its operation, does not seem to be genuinely oriented towards this goal.

    The Thought for Food Challenge, looks for, and awards prizes to the best ideas focused on attaining food security, most of them from young people. This year’s entries include ambitious and interesting new alternatives, such as taking desalinised water to eroded and deserted lands.

    For the following generations food security will be a huge challenge that requires a shared commitment in the present time. Today we produce food to feed 12 million people, almost enough to feed two global populations, however, over a billion people are estimated to experience hunger. How can we turn the latter into concrete solutions?

    Enlisted below is a list with a few alternatives, selected to be finalists for the Thought for Food Challenge:

    1. Vertical farms: using an aquaponic system, this type of farm could make food production more accessible in urban areas. The Agrilution team, from the HAS University of Applied Science, designed a type of closet-farms, adaptable to practically any home.
    2. Food certification: this is a certification strategy that will provide information to consumers from developed countries, on restaurants and food produce that apply sustainable criteria. At the same time, they will destine a portion of the earnings to certified businesses, for the financing of food support groups.
    3. Incentives for the treatment of food waste: an organic waste collection, which could take it to a centralised plant to turn it into agricultural products using an anaerobic digester.
    4. Reclaiming arid lands: five students from Kenya, from Team O.A.S.I.S, propose taking desalinised seawater in pipes, to lands that have been affected by deforestation or desertification.

    The main challenge during the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, in the year 2000, was reducing the number of people who suffer from hunger, to half the original number by the year 2015, a mission so far accomplished by twenty countries. As an additional support to global donations, innovation represents an essential tool to overcome this fundamental challenge.

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