Within a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 health crisis has brought on an economic crisis and rapidly laid bare the underlying inequities and fragilities in the global food system. The World Food Programme has warned that the world is facing ‘multiple famines of biblical proportions’ that could result in 300,000 deaths per day – a ‘hunger pandemic’. There are currently 821 million food-insecure people in the world and a human catastrophe is expected to eventuate in a matter of months.
Our food systems have been close to breaking point for decades, and food insecurities exacerbated by the global lockdowns reveal the extent that existing food systems (and the people underlying them) have been undervalued and under-protected. No one is immune from these shocks to the food system – stark images of empty supermarket shelves in ‘developed’ countries with strong food supply chains make this clear.
While food is a source of conflict for many, it has also been a source of peace for some by bringing people together during this period of isolation. To counter loneliness, families and friends have ‘shared’ food online. Community groups and neighbourhood Samaritans have mobilized to respond to food insecurities of neighbours, international students and the elderly.
Please join us to learn more about this growing crisis/opportunity and how you and your club can take action. Our discussion will be led by an international group of Rotary Peace Fellows who are experts in this field.
Thank you for the organiser for inviting us to attend their annual meeting. We were excited to see UK top-notch scientists coming together in trying to bring advance technological solution making our current food production system more sustainable.
I had the pleasure in visiting Katrina and Guoqing in June 2019 seeing first hand Elevated Honey’s operation in Yunnan, China as well as visiting spending a few days at one of the most remoted but most beautiful wide location where the farmer works with nature in raising api cerena bee.
To get to the remote bee farm, we need walks over 4 hours across the mountain and terrains but it was all worth it once we were there. Not only had I the chance in seeing different types of traditional and modern beekeeping hives, such as log hives and tree hives, I also see log hives raised high above ground onto two wires so to protect the bee hive from attack from local bears. Pretty amazing the way there were all to do it!