Food Security and me

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The business of agriculture has become increasingly capitalized and industrialized, resulting in the removal of the consumers from the process of food production. This separation of consumers from the food producers is a fundamental source of non-sustainability that has led to food insecurity.

So, how do we change this and bring food back to the door steps of the consumer? How do we re -create the old days when majority of people grew food in their backyards as oppose the minority currently doing so? What do we do when our lands are not producing as much food as they use to? How do we get youths back to the land?  These are all questions that need to be addressed.

We should take responsible for the food we put in our bodies and reduce blame on governments or institutions. At a personal level, we can plant a garden of the kinds of food we eat on a daily basis. For city/urban dwellers, that do not have the space to plant a garden, there is the option of having a community garden.  At an institutional/business  level,  sustainable agriculture options that will lead to increased food production within communities should be explored. Small scale farmers should be empowered to increase food production. When building residential homes, shrubs, flowers and green lawns in the architectural designs could be replaced with orchards. Also to compliment traditional agriculture, alternatives such as hydroponics systems and aquaponics systems may be developed, especially in areas where land has been degraded by extensive use of pesticides, poor farming practices, drought, and environmental degradation from industries.

We should also look at building food processing plants within the farming communities to ensure that food produced does not go bad because of limited stora

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Obie Agusiegbe

A Certified Sustainability and Environmental Management Expert with over 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector. She works with organizations interested in improving their sustainability performance by assisting them identify and implement ways to include environmental and social aspects into their existing offerings. Her solutions are innovative and build bridges globally International Development | Africa | Clean Technologies | Climate Resilience | Humanitarian | Fairness
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