According to the United Nations World Food Report, nearly one in ten people is still going hungry. Confidence reigned back in 2015 when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda at a special summit, committing 193 member states to eradicating poverty and hunger once and for all by 2030. Six years later, forecasts paint a bleak picture. For a few years the number of people suffering from hunger has been rising sharply again. If the trend continues, in ten years’ time there could be 840 million malnourished children, women and men.
Fire accelerator: Covid crisis
The consequences of Covid-19 are not yet mapped, but we do know that the pandemic is devastating the livelihoods of millions of families. Food chains are disrupted because smallholder farmers can no longer cultivate their fields and access to seeds is lacking. Young people can no longer go to school – missing out not only on education but also their only meal of the day.
In addition to Covid-19, another crisis threatens the food system in the Global South. Many countries are already feeling the full force of climate change. Droughts, floods and storms are bringing many smallholder families to the brink of extinction – it’s a matter of life and death.
Become part of the solution
Solidarity: Global problems need global solutions
The spread of the Coronavirus and the climate crisis make the fight against hunger even more urgent. The pandemic reminds us how fragile our system is, how unclear our limits are, and just how much change is needed. Global problems cannot be tackled in isolation: they are interconnected and interdependent.
Being respectful of nature and promoting local and sustainable food systems means ensuring the survival of poor and disadvantaged people. And our own.
Against hunger. With agroecology and equality
SWISSAID has been promoting agroecological production for decades. Agroecology strengthens the relationship between nature, agriculture and health, and promotes a sustainable food system, biodiversity and genetic diversity. Agroecologically managed farms are therefore more resilient to crises, viruses and pests – for humans, plants and animals.
Women feed the world – yet they often have hardly any rights. That is why SWISSAID has been working for decades to empower women. Thanks to literacy and agroecology courses, women farmers are successfully holding their own in a man’s world and are role models for their children and entire communities.
With agroecology and a focus on gender equality, we have a powerful tool to fight hunger. But we are convinced that the great challenges of this time can only be tackled by working together. We are all part of the solution: the smallholder farmer in Chad, the donor in Switzerland, the politician in Bern. SWISSAID puts the various parts together. So that the vision of a world without hunger becomes reality. Piece by piece.