In recognition of World Population Day on July 11, on our blog this week we are discussing population growth and how to meet the global increase in demand for food. Innovative and sustainable solutions will be necessary to meet major agricultural challenges.
Climate change is one of the most fundamental challenges facing agriculture and perhaps the most demanding of immediate action. As the climate continues to change globally, it is transforming the context for rural development. Increasingly unpredictable physical and socio-economic landscapes make smallholder farming riskier and farming-based livelihoods less resilient. As an organization who works with agriculture – a sector that is both a major contributor and is expected to be highly vulnerable to the onset of a changing climate– we recognize our position of opportunity and responsibility to contribute to global action towards climate solutions for future generations of farmers.
In our work, we aim to stimulate economic growth without leveraging against the natural ecosystems that enable it in the first place. An understanding that success in meeting major agricultural challenges is closely tied to the social cohesion of communities, and their leadership in building resilience and reducing degradation of environmental resources, is at the heart of our vision for a prosperous world without hunger.