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Happy Agriculture Day 2018

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Every day is Agriculture day at African Harvesters!

We wish every stakeholder in the Agriculture Value chain (Farm to Table) a great Agriculture Day!

Food Security is our responsibility!

Here is the current Global Food System outlook according to the TEEB Agriculture and Food Report

Some of the consequences of our current food systems outlined in the report include:
  • Agricultural production contributes over one-fourth of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
  • When considering land-use change and deforestation as well as processing, packaging, transport, sale, and the waste of agricultural products, 43 to 57 percent of GHG emissions are from food
  • 70 to 90 percent of global deforestation is from agricultural
  • An estimated 80 percent of food consumed in food-insecure regions is grown there, mainly by women, while agri-business is a marginal player in food
  • According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, if women had the same access to resources (land, credits, education, etc.) as male farmers, they could raise yields by 20 to 30 percent and lift as many as 150 million people out of
  • Approximately one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted, enough to feed the world’s hungry six times
  • Around 40 percent of available land is used for growing food, a figure that would need to rise to an improbable 70 percent by 2050 under a “business-as-usual”
  • 33 percent of the Earth’s land surface is moderately to highly affected by some type of soil degradation mainly due to the erosion, salinization, compaction, acidification, or chemical pollution of
  • Six of the top eleven risk factors driving the global burden of disease are diet-related.
  • The World Health Organization estimates the direct costs of diabetes at more than US$827 billion per year,
  • Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases, and an estimated 600 million people—almost 1 in 10 people in the world—fall ill after eating contaminated food, while 420,000 die every
  • 61 percent of commercial fish populations are fully fished and 29 percent are
  • In a “business-as-usual” scenario, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish (by weight) by

 

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