Global food prices are 30 percent higher than last year, according to the FAO Food Price Index. Despite predictions of record wheat production in 2021 and a good rice harvest in 2020, more people are facing severe hunger, malnutrition, and death – a testament to troubled global food systems as well as conflict, COVID-19, and climatic disasters. The FAO Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index that tracks international market prices of five main food commodity clusters.
The number of people having to leave their homes in the Lake Chad region of central Africa has more than doubled over the past year. The fighting, which last month claimed the life of the president of Chad, Idriss Déby, has displaced more than 400,000 Chadians, whereas the World Food Programme (WFP) said it had been struggling to feed those in need.
Here is an interview to the CSO of “&ever”, a startup in the vertical farming space with a large operation in Kuwait, some interesting hyperlocal operations in Germany, and a larger plant opening in Singapore. Vertical farming uses hydroponics and other techniques to grow food “soil-lessly” in vertically stacked layers, enabling to grow food closer to large population centers and also reducing the “food miles” associated with distribution thus reducing the carbon footprint.
Amid the ongoing push to lower carbon emission, a new report has put the focus back on rising greenhouse gases stating that a third of global food production will be at the risk by end of this century if emissions continue to rise at the current rate. The report identifies the Paris Agreement as a critical tool to reduce the risk of global food scarcity by the century's end.