- Convergence Afrique de l’ouest
Present-day agricultural and food systems are the main drivers of global warming. If we want to protect the climate, biodiversity and habitats, an urgent change of course is needed.
On the other hand, millions of poor people living in the South go hungry as agricultural corporations produce animal feed, industrial feedstock or biofuels destined for export on land that formerly belonged to them. Compounding this, they are severely impacted by droughts, floods and natural disasters caused by climate change.
Farmers feed the world
For years, Bread for all and its partners has been urging a rethinking of our way of life: if we wish to protect the climate, biodiversity and the habitats of humans and animals, we need a food system that is based on the knowledge and work of local farmers. They are the ones growing diverse, biological and locally adapted food for regional markets. Local farmers produce 60 to 70 per cent of all food in the world on just 25 per cent of globally available soils. To support them, we need to strengthen their decision-making power especially when it comes to soil and seed. Farmers need to be protected against the forward march of global agricultural corporations and financial investors in the interest of our planet and everyone who lives on it.
Bread for all and its partners in the South are part of a global movement that is advocating for ecologically and democratically determined food systems worldwide.