821.6 million (or 1 in 9 people) lives in hunger globally (WHO 2018). This is thought to be tackled by salvaging 1.3 billion tons of food from wastage yearly (UNEP).
It has not worked; it has only made people dependent on foodbanks and corporate givings, which will only create a repetitive cycle of dependency.
What we are solving is 1.3 billion people who live in poverty (UNDP). We can have a shot at reducing that hunger number by creating opportunities for the locales; giving them market access and equal playing field. Also, infrastructural empowerment can be offered to hasten the pace to food security
Not that charity does not have a role to play. Only a minimal one compared to other available better options.
The hunger metric is still a 2018 figure. We can only imagine what the number will be today given Covid and the current Russian-Ukraine conflict
In all this, what fires me up most is that nearly 43% of those living in poverty are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
And luckily enough, Africa has 60% of the world’s arable land. 60% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is involved in Agriculture in one form or the other.
How then is making a profitable gig work out of this? Getting every produce into distribution will greatly impact poverty to a large extent. And this is what we set out to do.
In a future blog, we should be able to talk about food security; and what contributory influences Boko-Haram killing of farmers, farmer-herder clashes and kidnapping have on food security.