Food Security - only half the world has it
Food security is built on three basic principles; a person consistently having sufficient quantities of food available, a person having the resources to obtain the right kind of foods to maintain a nutritious diet and a person having access to adequate amounts of clean water and sanitation.
In most developing countries, agriculture is the largest source of employment and serves as a direct link to providing food security. Unfortunately, the trend of developing countries to enter into one-sided agricultural agreements with multinational corporations has reduced the number of people directly employed by agriculture in these countries. The result is the removal of millions of people worldwide from a simple rural life that once provided basic food security. Now, developing nations are renegotiating these agreements so tariffs may be raised on key food products to better protect farm employment and that country's food security.The best way to provide food security is help people to become more self sufficient in their food growing practices. Many people, particularly in the developing world are using outdated technologies and work by hand or oxen. Although arguably better for the environment, it takes thousands of people all doing the same thing to feed a town or village.
New Agricultural Technologies Are Needed
An introduction of new agricultural technologies are needed. Technologies that work in unison with the surrounding environment, require less labor and produce large quantities of food quickly. Providing there are ample supplies of clean water and a stable climate, then a person's food security could be virtually ensured.
People Of Africa - a case study
A case in point is the continent of Africa, which, for the past 20 years has been growing food almost exclusively for the export market. The result is significantly diminished food security and a dramatic rise in poverty. African people, many of whom were self-sufficient food producers in the past, now work for a pittance growing coffee and cut flowers for Chinese and Western European markets instead of growing maize, vegetables and indigenous roots for themselves.