Agriculture and malnutrition

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Two issues mentioned above appear to be related. But are they? Let us examine this matter.

Support for developing countries

Businesspeople as well as government and NGO representatives met in 2013 in London to discuss the issue of undernourishment in the world. They declared that by 2020 twice as much money, or almost 900 billion dollars, shall be allocated to limiting the scale of the problem!

Investment pays back

The vast majority of resources will be spent on financing such initiatives as securing food and water supply, water treatment and purification. Unfortunately, there are no plans to create a master scheme leading to a long-term improvement of the situation; via funding of educational projects and investments in infrastructure. Among other targets, such scheme would involve developing the agriculture in areas afflicted by hunger. There are many differences between agricultural production and food provision, however, and the two issues are impossible to coordinate as a whole.

A stalemate

It is a challenge for the global community to agree on common goals, due to diverse strategies and needs of particular nations and industries. Agriculture is focused on production, which will bring profits to farmers and food manufacturers. Quite often, the nutritional value of foodstuffs, suited to the needs of the population, is of secondary importance. Counteracting malnutrition focuses on promoting breastfeeding and comprehensive diet plans, which include the minerals indispensable for humans, in particular such groups as small children, adolescent girls, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Breaking out of the deadlock

A solution to the situation could be a program of agricultural production support, targeted at manufacturing foodstuffs rich in nutrients. Such food would be provided to communities which require them the most. Another method of staving off global hunger is supporting the development of agriculture in areas where undernourishment is a widespread issue. As a result, not only would the local economies gain momentum, but we could also produce food suited to the needs and habits of local inhabitants.