We are living in a world where climate change and population growth are putting the globe’s citizens in a fragile and tenuous situation. Unfortunately, the effects are most pronounced among the poor and disadvantaged, where the margin between life and death is the smallest. Those communities who previously relied on traditional farming practices are rendered powerless to the unpredictable and varying weather conditions. Developing nations, for whom population expansion has the greatest exponential growth, are faced with the quagmire of creating national sustainable food production strategies which enable self-sufficiency, profitability and security.
Sadly, traditional methods of food aid, as evidenced for example in Africa, India and the Middle East, have done little to address malnutrition sustainable. An affliction which can only be truly remedied with quality, fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally.
Climate change. Poverty alleviation. Micro-economic development.
Is it too ambitious to deliver food security and economic sustainability to the most disadvantaged communities on earth? If the moral argument doesn’t win you over, the economic argument should.
Sustainable micro-economic development for emerging economies (particularly impoverished women):
- reduces the need for repetitive international spending on aid
- improves the social and physical health of most at risk communities
- results in reduced population sizes as it has been proven that women who can support themselves financially consistently have less children than those who can not
- increases education standards per capita
Food Ladder is our response to the crisis.