The difference between securing and safe
Global food security has never been a question of food availability. This is shown by the current level of food waste, which accounts for one-third of the food produced globally. This planet gifts us with food in abundance and a very high food diversity. It was less a question of abundance, but much more a question of distribution and thus is primarily a logistical and an economic problem. This is because staple foods spoil quickly and have to be transported from A to B at a relatively high energy cost.
Through international or interregional trade, it is possible to solve this distribution problem with the help of multilateral trade relations and the global market.
International trade is fragile
However, such constructs reach their limits as soon as the technological development levels of the regions involved diverge significantly, corruption is involved or the financial and global economy, including logistics, begins to falter. We see this in a dramatic way since 2008 and now again in 2020/21.
Today, the importance of strengthening food security regionally through development projects that focus on the regional pool of natural and intellectual resources is all the more evident.
Indigenous knowledge and the innovation that takes place out of their own cultural and innovative mindset hold a gigantic treasure of solutions for sustained food security. Examples include Zai farming methods in Africa, terraced wet rice farming in Asia, to the formation of Terra Preta de Indio in South America hundreds of years ago.
Therein lies a great opportunity for successful global food security. All the potential is already there and may and should be rediscovered, studied and applied by modern science.
The path to sustainable food security
Sustainable projects with a desire for a sustainable food supply should always have the goal of self-sufficient local food security, of the people, by the people, and using locally available, natural resources whenever possible. The use of outside know-how and technology as a tool of food security must always be critically questioned, while the use of indigenous approaches and their further development through existing intellect are always to be preferred – otherwise the goal of food security today threatens very quickly to become the everlasting run for food supply.
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