Small, family-run farms are the answer to world hunger. But the large conglomerates are determined to squeeze them out of existence.
This year’s World Food Day has come and gone – on 17 October – leaving everyone as hungry or overfed as they were the day before. At the latest count, 842 million people were officially malnourished, or one in eight of us. In South Africa, the figure is one in four. And that’s now, while farmers are still able to grow enough food to provide tasty, nutritious, adequate meals for everyone on the planet – if only their produce wasn’t so unequally shared and needlessly wasted.
Feeding everyone is going to become much harder as the population grows, climate change bites and the cost of inputs like clean water and liquid fuels rise.