SWISSAID rejects industrial production of agrofuels for the international market. This intensifies conflicts about land and water or leads to a loss of bio-diversity. Food price rises caused by the agrofuels boom mean impoverished populations have even less money to buy basic foodstuffs. It is therefore self-evident to SWISSAID: agrofuels intensify the hunger crisis.
You would think that countries that have oil, gold or diamonds would be wealthy but in reality, the opposite is frequently the case. Mineral resources are more of a curse than a blessing, because they encourage corruption, armed conflict and environmental pollution. The good news is that there are remedies.
The activities of multinational companies continue to have negative ecological and social consequences in developing countries. SWISSAID calls for big business to comply with the rules for maintaining international environmental and human rights standards.
Fifteen plant and eight animal species provide 90% of food supplies worldwide. Rice, corn and wheat alone cover half of our food requirements. Biodiversity is the only way of guaranteeing a stable food supply.
It’s actually absurd: although the region is fertile, almost the only onions available in Guinea-Bissau are imported from Senegal and Holland. But domestic cultivation only has positives: it is an effective way of fighting hunger and providing families with urgently needed cash.
Gender equality plays a central role for SWISSAID, and not only in our project work. We believe that both women and men should have equal opportunity, in all areas of work and at all institutional levels, to pursue their interests, contribute their needs and ideas and be treated with respect.
There and back in a dugout canoe: The farmers of Bahía Solana have a long way to go to get rice in their cooking pots and on their plates – and it all begins with a simple canoe on Colombia’s Pacific coast.
Expensive and patented high-tech seeds, in particular those which have been genetically modified, are of no benefit to farming families because they have to be bought new every year. In addition, the rights of the farmers are restricted, denying them the ability to decide how to use their seeds. Up to now, the promises of genetic engineering have not been met; quite the contrary in fact: The social and ecological problems have worsened. The sustainable battle against hunger has changed.