Food security and the eradication of hunger is a global challenge, recognised by amongst others, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Leaders of the world have agreed to work towards achieving goal #2, to eradicate hunger by 2030. A number of targets have been identified with a view to achieving global food security.
Achieving global food security and eradicating hunger becomes more complicated as governments and other stakeholders around the world grapple with the challenges of rising population rates amidst the ever-increasing consequences of climate change.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), food security exists when “all people, at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”
In light of this, it is apparent that the lack of food security has many has many implications for human development and well being with research showing that food insecurity negatively affects human physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development throughout the life course and is a major social and environmental disruptor with serious repercussions for planetary health.
Climate change, which has been identified by the Lancet Series on Planetary Health, as a major determinant of damage to, or the destruction of, ecosystems globally is therefore a major threat to crop diversity, the stability of food systems globally and therefore human development and national stability.
Current conditions of food insecurity and hunger will only increase unless new approaches and new thinking and interventions is applied to tackling this major global challenge.
The inaugural Agritech Africa 2020 Conference and Exhibition being hosted in Cape Town, South Africa from 17-19 June 2020 will bring together a range of stakeholders from across the agriculture, technology, innovation and agripreneur spectrum to deliberate on, and showcase, new solutions and models that will respond to current, and future conditions.
For more information visit http://agritech-africa.com/
Opportunities are still available to Exhibit at the Conference.