According to an article in the Observer newspaper on 14 October, the United Nations gave a stern warning this week about the state of the world’s food and water supplies, stating that any weather issues in countries providing food to the rest of the world in the next year could cause a global hunger crisis.
With the reduction of global grain reserves, food prices continue to rise and are causing unrest, particularly in poorer countries. Falling harvests in the Ukraine and the US have meant the reserves have been depleted to a level we haven’t experienced since 1974.
As prices approach the levels that sparked food riots in 2008, Lester Brown, president of the Earth policy research centre in Washington, has issued a similar warning that the global food supply system could collapse at any point. He also went on to say “the climate is no longer reliable” and a breakdown is “inevitable”.
“Food shortages undermined earlier civilisations. We are on the same path. Each country is now fending for itself. The world is living one year to the next,” he writes in a new book.
With our background in food production in places like Africa and the Caribbean, we are more optimistic, particularly as the farmers we work with are only currently using about 10% of cultivatable land. And we plan to do our best to help avert such a catastrophe.
You can read the full article on the Observer’s website