Just growing more food won’t help to feed the world

Malawi. March 2015. Through ECRP, communities are harnessing their own expertise to help one another.  ‘Lead farmers’ are selected by their villages to receive training in climate-smart agriculture techniques such as conservation agriculture and agro-forestry, which they demonstrate and pass on to the wider community. Philip Oneka, a lead farmer in Mbelemunu village, near Mulanje, goes to monthly trainings organised by ECRP partner CARD and attended by more than 20 other lead farmers – men and women – from the area. He also went on a recent exchange visit to Chikwawa district. Philip has taught other villagers about mulching, planting in pits and in fours, and methods of soil cultivation that require no tilling. ‘I have a small piece of land where I can teach some new techniques.’

01 Oct Just growing more food won’t help to feed the world

The World Bank’s view that we need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people, while finding ways to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture at the same time, ignores one very simple fact – we already grow enough food for 10 billion people.

Richard Ewbank, Climate Resilience Adviser at Christian Aid, writes: The challenge of feeding the world cannot be met through increases in production – the answer lies in increasing the climate resilience of agriculture in ways that reverse the catastrophic environmental degradation of the last 50 years while also making production more efficient.

Read his full article here.

Read Christian Aid’s latest briefing Climate-Resilient Agriculture: what small-scale producers need to adapt to climate change