Food is a basic human need and right. If we do not have enough good quality food we will become ill and eventually die. Yet the number of people around the world who are undernourished continues to grow. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN, 850 million people in the world are affected by food insecurity, of whom 820 million live in developing countries.
Since mid-2007 the price of food and fuel has increased considerably. Across the world, in countries such as Burkina Faso, Haiti and Indonesia, there have been riots and protests against the price increases. The effects of climate change, such as droughts and floods, are also increasing food insecurity and this is likely to get worse in the future.
In this issue of Footsteps we consider important topics related to food security and look at practical ways to improve the situation. On page 10 we consider the important relationship between farmers and traders. There are also articles about grain banks (page 7), natural pest management (page 8), conservation farming (page 12), and floating gardens (page 16).
We hope this issue provides tools to help our readers improve their
own food security and that of the people they serve.
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