Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Agriculture: The Answer to the World’s Hunger Crisis

Submitted by Garrett Jewett, Farm Journal Foundation

Farm Journal Foundation and its anti-hunger platform, Farmers Feeding the World, are proud to sponsor National Ag Day 2014. American farmers produce enough food to feed 155 people per farmer and contribute 25% of the world’s food supply. The United States is the leader in agricultural production because of its rich history of hard work, innovation, know-how and public policy. We celebrate American agriculture’s contribution, while remembering that there are millions of farmers in developing countries who struggle to produce enough food to feed themselves and their families.

The road to becoming a self-sufficient producer of key nutritional staples is a seemingly long and daunting journey for many less developed countries. Even in the United States, a staggering 14% of households are food insecure. But farmers all over the world will need to band together to produce more with less in order to meet growing global food demand. Americans can do their part by learning actions they can take to reduce hunger and support agriculture’s response to this global challenge.

Farmers Feeding the World programs rally diverse voices to ensure ending world hunger remains a national priority. The HungerU tour is a traveling exhibit that engages university students nationwide in a dialogue about world hunger, raising awareness of this crisis and agriculture’s contributions to fighting hunger. Our Farm Team brings agricultural community leaders who are passionate about fighting world hunger to engage with their representatives in Washington.

This year, Farmers Feeding the World will bring the HungerU exhibit and Farm Team members to National Ag Day to commemorate “365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed,” and we hope you will join us!