Sustainable Agriculture

 

“The well-being of this generation and those to come depends on the actions we take now. Only by working in partnership will we achieve a world of zero hunger and free from poverty, where all people can live in peace, prosperity and dignity,”  “ Ban Ki-Moon

The Sustainable Development Goals include a dedicated goal on ending hunger. The 2nd SDG strives to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Environmental concerns like climate change, deforestation, water scarcity, decreasing biodiversity and soil erosion are global problems which have a direct impact on agricultural systems. As declared by the United Nations, it is our global responsibility “to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.”

It’s no easy task. According to the latest update on the UN Millennium Development Goals:

  • Global carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) have risen to more than 30 billion metric tons per year, a 35 percent increase since the 1990s.
  • Biodiversity continues to decline and nearly 17,000 species of plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction.
  • Increased agricultural efforts to combat rising food prices demand ever more of already strained improved water sources; the same sources that eight out of ten people in rural areas still lack basic access to.

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What We Do

  • Promoting sustainable farming practices. At our epicenters in Africa, partners create community farms, where villagers learn composting, intercropping and other methods, like drip irrigation, to improve crop yields, restore soil fertility and make the best use of scarce resources.
  • Increasing access to sustainable agricultural technology. The Hunger Project provides training and credit, mobilizing people to adopt sustainable agricultural technology and practices, and encouraging them to demand agricultural extension services from their government. In 2014, 68,600 of our African partners were trained in food and agricultural practices.