24/04/18

Hunger rises despite UN’s Zero Hunger Goal

The latest figures released in a joint study by the European Union (EU), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) highlight the gravity of the situation just last year alone when some 124 million people in 51 countries faced acute food insecurity — 11 million more than in 2016.

David Fritz, Communication

Two boys with fruits

The number of people living on the edge of starvation and hunger remains at 815 million worldwide. Apart from conflicts, prolonged drought conditions as a result of climate change have also triggered poor harvests in countries already facing high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, both in eastern and southern Africa.

To reach the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations by 2030 won’t be easy – but Goal 2, Zero Hunger, is one of the biggest challenges if we do not change the course of our agriculture and food system.

Biovision Foundation is making big efforts to support farmers in sub-Sahara Africa to cope with the climate change. One of the methods we are trying to disseminate is the Push-Pull technology. The method is more drought resistant and increases yields without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

“It is agro-ecology that can feed the world”, says Biovision’s President Hans Herren. But there are two huge obstacles: Firstly, the large agro-chemical companies have to change their approach, secondly, we have to change our consumption and eating habits.

Biovision Foundation will continue to propagate this approach and will support farmers in Africa to get the necessary knowledge to apply agro-ecology.