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Sierra Leone News: Food security at risk without farmers

Sfano Njawa Sesay. Join the campaign #EMFResearch has predicted that a global food crisis is imminent. “Food prices are soaring. Increased demand from developing economies, like ours, rising fuel prices, poor weather ruining harvests, and a shift to biofuel production leave the consumer paying more for basic staples and is having its hardest impact on poorer nations,” Sesay said. The Founder and Chairman of Everybody Must Farm (EMF), Sfano Njawa Sesay is calling for an increase in agricultural projects.
He explained that a 2015 article by independent.co.uk, states that a scientific model has suggested that society will collapse in less than three decades due to catastrophic food shortages if policies do not change.
The model, developed by a team at Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute, does not account for society reacting to escalating crises by changing global behaviour and policies.
“However the model does show that our current way of life appears to be unsustainable and could have dramatic worldwide consequences,” he stressed.
Dr Aled Jones, the Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, told Insurge Intelligence, “We ran the model forward to the year 2040, along a business-as-usual trajectory based on ‘do-nothing’ trends—that is, without any feedback loops that would change the underlying trend.
“The results show that based on plausible climate trends, and a total failure to change course, the global food supply system would face catastrophic losses, and an unprecedented epidemic of food riots.
“In this scenario, global society essentially collapses as food production falls permanently short of consumption.”
2017 Global Report On Food Crises states, “currently, the world is faced with an unprecedented call for action at a moment in which four countries have been identified as at risk of famine, and demand for humanitarian and resilience assistance is escalating. Against this background, informing the global and national food security community on the risk of food crises and on the severity of such crises is of fundamental importance.”
According to the report estimation of food-insecure population, Sierra Leone 3% of the population is in crisis, emergency and famine; 12% of the population in stressed situation, while 16% is food-insecure.
In a 2017 article, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Patrick Monty Jones expressed his determination to ensure that productivity doubles the preceding amount to promote nutrition and food security in the country.
Early last month, Minister Jones called on farmers to increase production and productivity. He made this statement while addressing hundreds of women farmers from Kailahun and Kenema during a cash transfer program held at Chinese farm along Wahman Abu Road in Kenema.
General Sfano pleads with people to make use of every opportunity to “Grow the Food We Eat, Eat The Food We Grow” and calls on officials at the United Nations to prioritize massive awareness raising actions’ on food security and food sufficiency by fully involving journalists and artists to rain awareness through their various practices, adding, these two groups have the potential and influence to bring the needed result in food security and food self-sufficiency, massive job creation, economic development and the eradication of poverty.
By Ophaniel Gooding
Wednesday August 02, 2017.

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