World Food Day 2012: An effort end global hunger reduce poverty

World Food Day 2012: An effort to end global hunger and reduce poverty

7:02 AM, 16th October 2012
World Food Day 2012: An effort to end global hunger and reduce poverty

WASHINGTON DC, US: One of the grappling issues for many countries is providing food for its expanding population. A third to a half of all food grown globally either sits untouched on our plates or rots before it even gets there. A new Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) report stated that 40 per cent of food purchased in the US is thrown away. These statistics are horrible when you consider that nearly one billion people in the world already suffer from hunger and malnourishment. Also the number of human mouths to feed is expected to grown by 2 billion before 2050.

To solve this burgeoning issue, UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is paying special tribute to co-operatives for overcoming market and policy constraints. Celebrated as ‘World Food Day’ (16 October), the year 2012 is based on the theme “Agricultural co-operatives: key to feeding the world.” It highlights concrete ways in which agricultural co-operatives and producer organizations help to provide food security, generate employment and reduce poverty.

The World Food Day aims to encourage attention towards agricultural food production and stimulate national, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end. It facilitates economic and technical co-operation among developing countries and encourage the participation of rural people.

As part of the World Food Day 2012, some chemical companies have joined hands with the global movement. The companies are increasing the agricultural yield to feed the growing population.

DuPont is focused on bridging the nutrition gap. According to the UN’s FAO, giving women the same access to productive resources as men could increase yields on their farms by 20-30 per cent and lift 100-150 million people out of hunger. DuPont is celebrating rural women farmers on World Food Day, highlighting achievements of one African-rural woman, Martha Kanengoni.

Martha and her husband, Stanley Dzingayi, have achieved remarkable farming success in Zimbabwe. On their seven-hectare farm in Gokwe, they have achieved yields of 7.5 tonne per hectare, compared to the Sub-Saharan Africa average maize yield of less than 2 tonne per hectare. Since 2003, Martha and Stanley have grown DuPont Pioneer maize hybrids and applied improved agronomic practices. They have successfully increased their maize yields six-fold.

Farmer Martha Kanengoni of Zimbabwe.

BASF is also working on solutions for the increasing demand for food for the growing population with high-quality produce while remaining sustainable and cost-efficient. According to forecasts, agricultural production will have to double in the next 20 years. To meet this challenge the agricultural industry needs innovative solutions. BASF believes that plant biotechnology can deliver these kinds of solutions, and is working on it.

Dow AgroSciences is committed to increasing crop productivity through higher yields, better varieties, and more targeted pest management control. The products and services are designed to solve pressing crop production problems, boost agriculture productivity to maximum sustainable levels to keep pace with the growing needs of the world’s rapidly expanding population.

FMC Corporation uses an array of advanced technologies in R&D to enhance foods & beverages and protect crop yields. FMC Foret develops and manufactures chemicals for use in agriculture and in nature conservation, which would improve the crop yield.

With growing awareness and collaborative efforts, many associations, companies, NGOs and people of the world have to put their hands together to find a solution to feed the growing population.

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