Dariush Henning: Sustainable Agriculture

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.

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University of South Florida students show their support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals established for the post-2015 development agenda. They highlight 17 goals and 169 targets that the United Nations is aiming to achieve over the next 15 years. JOSHUA JUDGE | USF Disaster & Humanitarian Relief

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.

Lah Ku, who came here from Myanmar, tends the garden that is the brainchild of a pastor who led a congregation full of refugees trying to sustain themselves and another who had land available. SKIP O’ROURKE | Time
Lah Ku, who came here from Myanmar, tends the Tampa Refugee Garden that is the brainchild of a pastor who led a congregation full of refugees trying to sustain themselves and another who had land available. SKIP O’ROURKE | Time

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

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