The importance of agriculture in feeding the world is clear. On World Food Day, we see those partnerships continue to strengthen and new opportunities arise. With the provisional implementation of the Canada - European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the continued noise around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) we see agriculture ministries reaching out to each other to find solutions to feed the world.
Yesterday, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, continued his European agricultural trade mission, concluding G7 agricultural meetings in Bergamo, Italy. The G7 nations include Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. These nations contain 10.3 percent of the world’s population, and are responsible for 34 percent of the world’s exports.
"The G7 Agricultural Ministers’ Meeting allows us to discuss and build consensus around some of today’s most challenging issues. This year, Ministers agreed that the best way to fight world hunger is to strengthen the family farm through stronger risk management for farmers; a stronger role for farmers in the food chain – especially for young farmers and women; and open, inclusive trade.”
We at FarmFemmes, are excited to see the discussion around family farms, and a strengthened role for farmers, young farmers, and women farmers (and farm extenders!). We are motivated by what agriculture provides, a lifestyle that is great to raise kids in, work that is fulfilling and helps to feed the world.
Here are a few things to know about feeding the world on World Food Day.
800 million people suffer from hunger. That is one in nine people. 60% of them are women.
Around 45% of infant deaths are related to malnutrition.
Over the past 20 years, the likelihood of a child dying before age five has been nearly cut in half.
The world will need to produce 60 percent more food by 2050 to feed a growing population.
800 millionsd'individus sont encore victimes de la faim, soit un être humain sur neuf, et 60 pour cent de femmes.
Environ 45 pour cent des décès de nourrissons sont liés à la malnutrition.
Au cours des 20 dernières années, la probabilité qu'un enfant meure avant l'âge de cinq ans a été quasiment diminuée par 2
Le monde devra produire 60 pour cent d'aliments supplémentaires d'ici 2050 pour nourrir une population en pleine expansion.
The G7’s discussion of agricultural management was informed by analysis from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This analysis used Canada as an example for other countries of how to organize and manage business risks in agriculture.