By Sarah Leavitt
According to a recent article in the Guardian, the UN is warning that the world is on the verge of a major food crisis in 2013. Just the slightest hiccup in plans for the year's agriculture will mean food shortages, rising food costs, and food riots.
Why? Falling harvests around the globe have put worldwide grain reserves at their lowest since 1974. Abdolreza Abbassin, a senior economist for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said that, "We've not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year."
|Flooded fields in Haiti after heavy rainfall|
Regardless of whether or not a worldwide food crisis strikes in 2013, these types of local, grassroots-led investments in local agriculture need to be made a top priority. Providing training, tools, seeds and the resources needed that strengthen communities and increase local outputs will not only make an immediate impact on fighting hunger, but will equip communities with a built-in safety net when agricultural disasters occur.