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Preventing a Food Crisis Requires a Sustainable Industry

By Sofía Hanna | Wed, 05/04/2022 - 15:09

This week, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center warned about a looming breadbasket failure and how farmers and producers reduce its impact on their day-to-day business. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented a new report showing the advances made to reduce deforestation but warns of further threats that may limit future progress.


The Deputy Minister of Food Self-sufficiency of the Ministry of Agriculture attended FAO’s Initiative to Expand the Scale of Agroecology and pointed out Mexico’s achievements and plans. Meanwhile, Cora Blends’s Liz Coraima Campos warns about the dangers of misusing health supplements.


Interested in more? Here are the week’s major headlines in Agribusiness & Food!


A Looming Breadbasket Failure

The world could soon face the first severe breadbasket failure of the 21st century, warned Bram Govaerts, Director General, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. “The global outlook for 2022 does not look good at all. There is an urgent need for bold answers to the global food crisis that is already here.” For the world to better handle this situation, technology and training are essential. Farmers need the support of publicly-funded research to develop more sustainable farming methods and improved, high-yielding and climate-resilient seeds.


Key FAO Report Shows Global Deforestation is Slowing Down

A new FAO report suggests that the rate at which forests are disappearing slowed down by almost 30 percent from the early 2000s to the period between 2010 and 2018. However, the planet’s tropical rainforests remain highly threatened. Annual deforestation decreased by about 29 percent and the net loss of forest areas has more than halved during the reporting period. “This study is important, not only for the new data it brings, but for what it reveals about trends in forest area and the causes of deforestation, as well as for giving us the essential ability to track the evolution of unsustainable agricultural development and other land uses continue to put great pressure on our forests, especially in many of the poorest countries, but there are win-win solutions that we can and must scale up in order to feed the world without destroying our forests,” said Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO.


Revolutionizing the Supplements Industry 

The world’s collective immaturity on health issues has been an opportunity that the supplements industry has taken advantage of for decades, regardless of people’s health, said Liz Coraima Campos, Founder, Cora Blends. These companies have been booming since the start of the pandemic. The food supplements industry requires profound changes to embrace values, ethics and scientific support, said Campos. 


FAO Promotes the Use of Agroecology

The Deputy Minister of Food Self-sufficiency of the Ministry of Agriculture Víctor Suárez Carrera joined FAO’s meeting on the Initiative to Expand the Scale of Agroecology to call for the transformation of the regulatory framework of global food systems to promote sustainable practices. Likewise, Suaréz proposed the scaling of agroecology as a priority. 

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Sofía Hanna Sofía Hanna Journalist and Industry Analyst