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Feeding your neighbor in a complex world“We live in aworld that iscapable o eeding every personthat lives on the planet.” Abhijit
Institute of Technology
Tey peer at us rom the pages o our newspapers and television screens – thehaunting images o starving children in East Arica who are the innocent andsilent victims o amine.
Tey are among the millions aected in this current crisis, which is testing thelimits o people’s compassion as we worry about systemic corruption, which, inaddition to ongoing conicts, makes us wonder i our donations o ood willreach those needing it most.
Why, we might also wonder, i we are born equal in theeyes o God, are so many let to die o starvation while wein the West tuck our expanding waistlines up to the tableor our daily bread?
In a recent special report on eeding the world, TeEconomist posed Te 9 billion-people question, acomprehensive overview o the complex issue o ood security* and the variousactors contributing to rising ears about providing ood or a burgeoningglobal population.
For city dwellers increasingly isolated rom modern arming, it oers an eye-opening look beyond our daily headlines about rising ood prices in our localsupermarkets and ood riots in developing countries.
I the world cannot eed its current population, how can we possibly meet thenutritional needs o the nine billion expected by 2050? And how is MEDA’s work contributing to global ood security?
At its simplest, the solution is to boost yields and reduce waste. Trough our work in Aghanistan, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Peru and other countries, MEDA isencouraging small armers to adopt modern arming practices that will helpthem move beyond merely subsistence toward a more prosperous uture.
Feed my neighbor:Food security resources for pastors
Engage your fock!
• Spring planting season – Grow a rowfor local food programs and promoteself-sufciency
• Challenge your congregants to eat asimple meal of beans and rice at leastonce a week and donate the moneythey save to food security causes.
• Hold an international potluck dinner as a celebration of diversity and toshare culinary traditions
• Show Daniel Penner’s video,Milk:
From cow to consumer , and
share MEDA client stories to illustratethe complexity of the food systemand create greater awareness of andconnection to where we get our food
• 1 in 7 people are hungry
• Poverty – principal cause of hunger
• 1,345M poor people in developingcountries live on $1.25 a day or less
• 925 million hungry people world-wide(13.6% of estimated world population)
• Children are the most visible victimsof hunger.
• Children who are poorly nourishedsuffer 160 days of illness each year
• Half of 10.9 million child deaths eachyear due to poor nutrition
• Malnutrition stunts growth of 32.5% of children in developing countries
• 1 in 6 infants born with low birthweight by malnourished mothers indeveloping countries
* “Food security exists when all people at all times have access to sufcient, sae, nutritious ood
to maintain a healthy and active lie.” - World Food Summit o 1996
Small armers learn how to boost yields through: use o better seedsthat produce more vigorous plants;sowing in rows vs. broadcasting,and through the judicious use o ertilizers and pesticides.
Tey are using their resources moreefciently through: more intensive useo their land, and adoption o simpletechnologies such as drip irrigationand treadle pumps to make best useo available water supplies.
Farmers in developing countriesare reducing waste by: improvingdistribution systems so ood getsto market beore it rots, and betterstorage to protect their produce romthe elements and rodents.
Tey are also learning to work morecollaboratively with each other tocreate distribution systems to better
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• Feedmyneighbor.net – MEDA foodsecurity resources
• Ethiopia – The growing EDGE(T) - www.meda.org – in: The Marketplace magazine,Jan-Feb 2012
• Daniel Penner video, Milk: From cow toconsumer - www.meda.tv
• Farmer to Farmer: Linkages for FoodSecurity video - www.meda.tv
• MEDA’s work in Ethiopia - www.meda.org (under Our Work, click on map)
• Asrese a role model for other Ethiopianrice farmers (client story) - www.meda.org
• Bread for the World - www.bread.org
• World Hunger facts and statistics - www.worldhunger.org
• The complexities of famine - http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/food-9-billion/complexities-famine
• Food Sovereignty: A Right for All -Political Statement of the NGO/CSOForum for Food Sovereignty, 13 June2002, Rome - www.foodsovereignty.org
Beyond aid ... long-termsolutions to hunger
link them to markets, respondto modern market demands andchanging consumer preerences.
Relie organizations provide oodaid that lls stomachs and saves lives.Food aid is a response to a crisis, but we also need to look to the uture.
MEDA is helping to providelonger-term solutions to thequestion o ood security by working with small armers in theircommunities – to ensure that moreood, and more nutritious ood, isgrown to meet the needs o a rapidly expanding population.
We also want to ensure that not only is more and better ood grown, butthat people in developing countrieshave the resources to access ood by working to improve incomes.
Only through greater sel-sufciency and producing a surplus to armers’needs can we hope to achieve that.
Feeding your neighbor
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