The incredible variety of food on our plates is not to be taken for granted. To keep up with the ever-growing world population in a changing climate, the food sector needs more stable supply chains to provide affordable food for all, today and tomorrow.
This challenge is critical:
By 2050, the global population is projected to exceed 9.6 billion. Global food production will need to increase by 50 percent to meet this challenge, which will be particularly acute in rapidly expanding urban areas.
Soil quality and water resources are already depleting and the impact of climate change is further aggravating this development.
Low prices and poverty are forcing farmers from the land and young people are turning their backs on a future in agriculture.
In East Africa more specifically, by 2050, it is estimated the population will have doubled and almost half of the population will become urban residents. As a result farmers will be delivering to rapidly growing local and regional markets. Rikolto believes family farms are a big part of the solution. Together they produce 70% of our food worldwide, but individually they're often cut out of the trade, ignored or even sanctioned by governments, ending up in poverty and leaving their huge potential untapped. Change on a global scale demands that food markets become more inclusive and offer value to all actors in the food chain. Smallholder farmers must be offered a fair deal.