October 16th is World Food Day – “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” This year’s theme highlights the impact of climate change on food security and the need to address food and agriculture in climate action plans, especially as the world community prepares for the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP 22, from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 billion people are undernourished globally and more than 2 billion adults were overweight or obese. At the same time, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable.
As FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, “Sustainable agriculture is paramount to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, to sustain natural resources, to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change, to achieve healthier food systems and to build resilience against crises and natural disasters.”
This is what drives Shumei’s work around the world. Shumei Natural Agriculture projects in Africa, Asia and South America are supporting small-holder farmers to cultivate wholesome and nutritious food without the use of any chemical additives and save indigenous seeds to increase their resilience to climate change. More importantly, Natural Agriculture encourages harmony with nature in everyday life choices, which includes consuming food that maintains soil health. Soil health is key to its ability to store and absorb carbon, which helps reduce climate change. Buying fruits, vegetables and food products grown without the use of harmful chemicals supports regenerative, healthy soils.
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