In honor of United Nations Day 2015, I want to talk about a global issue that has been severely escalating, but has not yet been fully recognized by everyone: Global Agricultural Shortage. One of the reasons why this topic is so important to me personally is the fact that my father is actively involved in humanitarian relief efforts regarding this issue, as he works as an agricultural economics specialist for several organizations.
The United Nations (UN) has been greatly involved in the establishment of an equal, sustainable agricultural system that aims to nourish every person on this planet. Such efforts do not only ensure the well being of all people populating this earth, but it can also be a great advancement in order to establish world peace and increase econonomic development. The majority of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas of developing countries, and they depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. This makes them particularly vulnerable to man-made and natural influences that reduce agricultural production.
In order to relief such grievances, long term strategies to enhance food production and secure a fair, equal trade have been installed. One of the frontrunners to achieve these goals is the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) who supports many agricultural development programmes and different projects to aid local development. Furthermore, the World Food Programme (WFP) serves as a first responder in disaster situations, delivering food aid to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures or natural disasters. WFP also supports the concerned areas to rebuild their infrastructure through emergency subsidies.
Through their relentless work, the UN and its partners already reached multiple cornerstones on their way to end worldwide hunger, establish peace an promote a sustainable agriculture.
For more information on these organizations and how to get involved, check the following links:
Prepared by: Dariush Henning, Undergraduate student, University of South Florida