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Food Security Center / info@foodsecuritycenter.org / Athens, Greece

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«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 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?

Turning back the time, we see the Economist (among others) referring to Africa as the “Hopeless Continent” due to poverty, conflicts, diseases and many other things which would make someone refrain from investing in the African countries. Ten years after that, the exact same magazine characterized Africa as the “Rising Continent”, whereas in 2013, a special report was published where Africa was seen as the “Hopeful Continent”. Well, that’s exactly what Africa is representing to us. Because, despite all the obstacles, Africans find the way to stand up and move on. This incredibly rich (yet unbelievably poor) continent is transforming (or at least is trying to transform) into everything that some people thought it could never become. The thing is that many indigenous people still don’t have the means to follow this transformation. According to UNESCO, one in every five children, adolescents and youth is out of school. Somehow, we have to reach out to these kids. We have to reach out to their parents. So that’s our goal. Because we believe in equality, even when (sometimes) disparities appear in front of our eyes.   

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

Our goals

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

  6. Lifelong learning and community education.

In conclusion

In order to achieve food security and sustainability, we must be aware that our choices can have an impact not only on ourselves, but also on our communities and the world we are living in. We can all make a difference. But in order to make that difference, we must act. Before acting, we must be informed.

 

Our nutrition habits can affect our well-being, but they can also affect the well-being of people living miles away from us. They can affect entire ecosystems. By working together, we can achieve sustainability first for ourselves, then for our homes and our communities and -last but not least- for our planet. But there is a first step we must take: Be educated.