For the past few years, hunger has been on the rise again. The absolute number of undernourished people, i.e. those facing chronic food deprivation, has increased to nearly 821 million in 2018, from around 804 million in 2016. This figure represents almost 11% of the global population.
Although it may appear to be a paradox, food insecurity (unreliable access to food) can also contribute to overweight and obesity. Nutritious, fresh foods can often be expensive. In addition, many of the farmers who grow our food are themselves food insecure.
A shift must be made towards sustainable, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems if we are to provide safe and high-quality food for all, environmental protection and social equity.
Organic agriculture can help achieve food and nutrition security by:
- Improving traditional agricultural yields without forcing producers into dependence on synthetic inputs, thus outputs per area of marginal land increase and stabilise thanks to higher resilience.
- Ensuring resilience to climate change, safeguarding ecosystem services and biodiversity crucial for food and agriculture.
- Alleviating poverty by reducing debt, for example from the purchase of expensive synthetic inputs, and increasing returns on labor invested.
Learn how we work on food and nutrition security as well as sustainable food systems by advocating to governments around the world for the provision of focused support and appropriate policies.
We are also actively involved in multi-stakeholder dialogues with donors and major development agencies to support and help accelerate the uptake of organic agriculture and other agroecological systems as they are crucial to ensuring healthy food for all in the 21st century.