Malnutrition, or the risk of it, is a global human problem: while some people’s diets lack sufficient nutrients for an active and healthy life (e.g. undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies), others consume excess food energy (overnutrition), and this also leads to negative health consequences.
Effective action to address malnutrition in all its forms requires an understanding of the various mechanisms that can affect it. It is this nuanced understanding, developed over decades of research, which is captured in the concept of food security.
Food security explained. #SDGs 1 and 2
Goal 1Endhunger, Goal 2 End poverty, two of the global SGDs is aimed at combating this challenge: Food security is a concept that is used to think systemically about how and why malnutrition arises, and what can be done to address and prevent it. Underlying it is a moral ideology that can be linked to realising the international goal of food as a human right.
Food security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.
Over the coming decades, a changing climate, growing global population, rising food prices, and environmental stressors will have significant yet uncertain impacts on food security. Adaptation strategies and policy responses to global change, including options for handling water allocation, land use patterns, food trade, post-harvest food processing, and food prices and safety are urgently needed.
Agromain solutions on food security include analysis of sustainable agricultural technologies, building resilience to shocks, and managing trade-offs in food security.
- Our solutions are built to include integrated, value-adding supply chains
- Input unavailability, lack of access to finance, an unsupportive enabling environment, unavailability of suitable technology, inefficient access to output markets, and the unavailability of quality extension, advisory, and training services remain existing challenges to growth.
- Fractured value chains overhaul: Fragmented value chains are the single biggest impediment to the commercialisation of agriculture across the continent. Every node of the value chain is inter-linked. If one node is missing, the whole value chain is threatened.” To counter fragmentation and the isolation of different elements of the value chain, stakeholders, including government and development institutions, must implement multi-stage engagement across the chain, e.g., supply chain, government investment, taxes, access to markets, access to land, and research.
At AgroDomain we ascribe to the inclusive economic philosophy of Africapitalism, based on the belief that a vibrant African-led private sector is the key to unlocking Africa’s economic and social potential. We are committed to driving African economic growth through the development of winning solutions in agriculture and other sectors strategic to the continent’s long term development.