About 795 million people are hungry and another two billion people suffer from life threatening disease related to under nutrition and contamination of pesticides. At the same time, 1.4 billion people are overweight, and nearly half of our global food supply is wasted. Our Food Security campaign challenges policies that have led to this crisis, namely those subsidizing industrial food and agriculture systems.
Organic Agriculture, by requiring few, low-cost inputs, enhancing local biodiversity, and providing a premium return on investment, is a system that empowers farmers to restore and uphold food security. In particular, Organic Agriculture helps by:
- Increasing and stabilizing yields over the long-term, particularly on marginal lands. -
- Battling poverty through reducing debt and increasing returns on labor invested. -
- Providing diversified, healthy and nutritious food for farming families and communities. -
Click below to find out more about how Organic Agriculture can contribute to food security:
Through targeted activities during the meeting of the Committee on World Food Security, the IFAD Governing Council, at the FAO Conference and related summits and conferences and by taking up the Zero Hunger Challenge, we bring Organic Agriculture to the heart of the debate on how to nourish the world.
Organic Agriculture contributes to Zero Hunger
According to the FAO, if just one-fourth of the food lost or wasted globally by the current food production system could be saved, it would be enough to nourish the over 800 million hungry people in the world.
IFOAM - Organics International believes that hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes. This is why we have joined governments and organizations in their efforts and commitments to support UN Zero Hunger Challenge. Find out more here.
"And the soil started to breath again..."
This short documentary shows how a small farming community in South India decided to switch from their decades old practice of chemical agriculture to organic farming.