Through our education programs, we aim to...

  1. Strengthen the capacity of formal education institutions by integrating other topics related to the socioeconomic and cultural background of each country/area.  

  2. Strengthen training activities and programs to include wider environmental issues, maximizing the opportunities for food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

  3. Strengthen lifelong learning systems, community education, promoting gender equality and indigenous knowledge.  

  4. Integrate interactive and creative learning techniques and provide educational material along with advice or ideas for its use (in person and virtually/online).

  5. Empower teachers, trainers, lecturers and environmental educators’ education. They will be the ones conducting  the education programs with us by their side.

  6. Lifelong learning and community education.

«When all people, at all times,

have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food

to meet their dietary needs

and food preferences

for an active and healthy life».

That is what “Food Security” stands for according to

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

​​​Why food security?

Because every people, in every country of the world (developing or developed) needs food. That is obvious. What’s not so obvious is delivering sufficient and adequate food to everyone. You see, all people have the right to food, but not everyone on earth has access to it. And that is where “security” comes up. Despite the fact that we are living in a world where everything is possible, it seems that food cannot actually reach every single person on earth.

 

More than 700 million people (out of the 6.8 billion) are affected by undernourishment all over the world. By hearing that, one question comes up: Population grows day by day. According to the United Nations, by 2050 it will have risen up to 9.1 billion. How will our planet manage to nourish us all?

 

The answer is simple and it lies in our hands. It will and it can nourish us all as long as we allow this. Because, there are signs which show that some people are working against this – some of them unwillingly, while others fully in conscious. Just think about some of the following facts…

  • 40 million tons of edible food are thrown away in the US each year. That’s enough to feed 1 billion malnourished people all over the world. Now, imagine what 222 million tons of food could do… Because that’s about how much gets wasted annually by rich countries.

  • In Europe alone, 29 million tons dairy products are lost or wasted every year. This is equivalent to 574 billion eggs.

  • Of the 263 million tons of meat produced all over the world, over 20% is lost or wasted. This amount is equivalent to 75 million cows. Yes, we kind of breed 75 million cows to just… throw them away!

  • When you throw away your food, you are wasting the water resources that went into producing it. For example, it takes 50 liters of water to produce one orange! Now, consider that: almost half of all the fruits and vegetables produced are wasted.

  • Diets are changing… more and more people are embracing a meat-oriented nutrition and opt for processed foods. All these have a huge impact on our planet’s resources.

  • 8% of fish caught globally is thrown back into the sea. In most cases they are dead, dying or badly hurt.

  • In industrialized countries, consumers throw away 286 million tons of cereal products.

  • About 100,000 species of insects, as well as birds and mammals, pollinate more than two-thirds of food plants and are responsible for 35% of the world’s crop production. Daily, a significant part of them is lost due to globalized agriculture’s practices (massive crops, immense use of pesticides etc.).

  • About 7,000 species of plants have been cultivated or collected for consumption in human history. Presently, it is only around 30 crops that provide 95% of human food energy needs, with 5 cereal crops (rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum) providing 60% of the energy intake of the world’s population.

  • Millions of mothers fill their young children’s bellies with nutrient inefficient foods when nutrient-dense foods are locally available.

Now, after considering all the above, do you really believe that our planet can’t feed us?

In terms of food availability, global food production will need to rise by about 60%

just to feed these 9 billion people by 2050.

But if we continue doing as we do, increasing food production could just be equivalent

to increasing food waste. Is that what people really want? The right answer can be given only if people are fully aware of the facts.

How can this be done?

By spreading the knowledge.

Education is the key

If you want self-sufficient people, give them knowledge. Educate them. That’s the only way to spread the news.

To overcome the obstacles. To fight against injustice. To embrace a sustainable life. Educate the youngsters and the grown-ups, because knowledge has no age-limitation. Food Security Center aims at improving nutritional security through education.

For doing that, we have created education and informative programs which are addressed to pupils and adults.

 

Food Security Center

Food Security Center is a Non-Profit Organization that aims at improving nutritional security and environmental sustainability through specific education programs which are addressed not only to children, but also to adults – both in Europe and Africa. These programs, have been designed to meet the requirements of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the year 2030 regarding food, health, environment and education. That is because -in some way- all these pillars are connected to each other. Health, is definitely connected to food. Food production, on the other hand, affects the environment (which is also connected to health) whereas education helps us reach and work for the best for all of the above.

 

Subjects of interest:

  • Food Waste

  • Sustainability

  • Seasonal eating

  • Introducing small scale farming

  • Eat local

  • Smart eating

  • Biodiversity and habitat loss

Target groups:

Girls, boys, women and men of every age. More specifically:

  • Formal and informal education: Early childhood education & Basic education

  • Further education and training: Universities

  • Teachers / Educators

  • Farmers & Breeders

  • Maternity Hospitals

Why Africa?

By 2050, the the population in Sub-Saharan Africa, is projected to double from 1.2 billion to nearly 2.5 billion inhabitants. Globally, speaking, almost 1 in 4 people will be Sub-Saharan African in 2050, meaning that the continent alone will probably account for more that a third of the human population. Europe, will be the most dramatically affected and in the end this will spread to every region of the world as diaspora swells.

 

Today, young people represent 60% of the unemployed population in Africa, whereas 94.9% -and 97.9% in West Africa- of people between the ages of 15 and 24 work in the informal economy. Moreover, it is estimated that the destabilizing effects of climate change -desertification, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, air pollution, rain pattern shifts and loss of biodiversity- will generate 143 million more climate migrants by 2050 deriving from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

 

If nothing is done in the coming decades youth unemployment, climate change and the emerging food insecurity in developing countries, could lead to geopolitical changes that will threaten to destabilize the already vulnerable regions. This, would undoubtedly lead to social protest and to an inevitable forced mobility. 3 pillars could be synthesizing a concrete action for making these people feel safe in their own homes and help them deal with the upcoming changes:

 

> Agriculture – modernized and sustainable agriculture, with resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards, that will provide food security and improve balance of payments as food imports decline.

 

> Education – improved, holistic education, that will also raise awareness on climate change mitigation, embrace environmental sustainability and will give to people the training and the means they need in order to remain in their places of origin.

 

> Woman empowerment – no country can achieve sustainable peace and security if women are not included in its plans. Access to education -both formal and informal- can drop the percentage of child marriage and strengthen the economical independence of women. Through agriculture, women can gain the strength and the means they need to support their families by ensuring their livelihoods and live a descent life.

Challenges:

- Inadequate resources to provide full educational systems and training for all citizens.

- High levels of illiteracy

- Inadequate access to education and training.

- Inequality as far as women’s access to education.

- Marginalization of indigenous knowledge by the colonial education system.

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