Team 9b Focus

San Jose , Costa Rica

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Our Focus. The Current Situation / Published November 1, 2015 by David Maduri

Our Focus. The Current Situation

1. Most of the world’s hungry live in developing countries. According to the 2015 statistics from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are 795 million hungry people in the world and 98 percent of them are in developing countries, and their distribution is as follows;
i) Three-quarters of all hungry people live in rural areas, mainly in the villages of Asia and Africa. Overwhelmingly dependent on agriculture for their food, these populations have no alternative source of income or employment. As a result, they are vulnerable to crises. Many migrate to cities in their search for employment, swelling the ever-expanding populations of shanty towns in developing countries.
ii) FAO calculates that around half of the world's hungry people are from smallholder farming communities, surviving off marginal lands prone to natural disasters like drought or flood. Another 20 percent belong to landless families dependent on farming and about 10 percent live in communities whose livelihoods depend on herding, fishing or forest resources. The remaining 20 percent live in shanty towns on the periphery of the biggest cities in developing countries. The numbers of poor and hungry city dwellers are rising rapidly along with the world's total urban population
iii) Women are the world's primary food producers, yet cultural traditions and social structures often mean women are much more affected by hunger and poverty than men. A mother who is stunted or underweight due to an inadequate diet often give birth to low birthweight children. Around 50 per cent of pregnant women in developing countries are iron deficient (source: Unicef). Lack of iron means 315,000 women die annually from hemorrhage at childbirth. As a result, women, and in particular expectant and nursing mothers, often need special or increased intake of food.
(SOURCE: World Food Program)

2. Asia is the continent with the most hungry people - two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly. Also, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished. Both of these continents lie in the tropics.
(SOURCE: World Food Program)
The tropic alone, therefore has 80% of the world's hungry and it has the fastest increasing population. Africa alone will drive more than half of the rise in population rise in the next 25 to 35 years (United Nations)

Our Mission / Published November 1, 2015 by David Maduri

Our Mission

To develop the most innovative and effective ways to provide sufficient, safe, nutritious and healthier food while reducing costs and ecological footprint to feed the rising world population especially in the tropics in areas most affected by hunger and poverty.

Our Mission

To develop the most innovative and effective ways to provide sufficient, safe, nutritious and healthier food while reducing costs and ecological footprint to feed the rising world population especially in the tropics in areas most affected by hunger and poverty through sustainable Agriculture

Our Background

9b Focus is a team of students from EARTH University in Costa Rica who believe Agriculture is in the tropics is going to play the most critical role in fighting hunger and reducing poverty. Representing all the major tropical continents, our team provide a diversity of both knowledge and experiences. From Kenya, Argentina, Haiti, Zambia and Sweden, all of us have come in contact with hunger and it´s related challenges and that is our driving motive. We are all so passionate about hunger and population growth as propellants of poverty in our societies and our motivation is to come up with the most simple and innovative ways to combat them. We want to use agriculture to feed the world. We want to create new ways of nutrition that the world is not familiar with but proven to be the most possible ways to meet the nutritional demands of the body.

Our Focus. The Current Situation / Published November 1, 2015 by David Maduri

Our Focus. The Current Situation

1. Most of the world’s hungry live in developing countries. According to the 2015 statistics from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are 795 million hungry people in the world and 98 percent of them are in developing countries, and their distribution is as follows;
i) Three-quarters of all hungry people live in rural areas, mainly in the villages of Asia and Africa. Overwhelmingly dependent on agriculture for their food, these populations have no alternative source of income or employment. As a result, they are vulnerable to crises. Many migrate to cities in their search for employment, swelling the ever-expanding populations of shanty towns in developing countries.
ii) FAO calculates that around half of the world's hungry people are from smallholder farming communities, surviving off marginal lands prone to natural disasters like drought or flood. Another 20 percent belong to landless families dependent on farming and about 10 percent live in communities whose livelihoods depend on herding, fishing or forest resources. The remaining 20 percent live in shanty towns on the periphery of the biggest cities in developing countries. The numbers of poor and hungry city dwellers are rising rapidly along with the world's total urban population
iii) Women are the world's primary food producers, yet cultural traditions and social structures often mean women are much more affected by hunger and poverty than men. A mother who is stunted or underweight due to an inadequate diet often give birth to low birthweight children. Around 50 per cent of pregnant women in developing countries are iron deficient (source: Unicef). Lack of iron means 315,000 women die annually from hemorrhage at childbirth. As a result, women, and in particular expectant and nursing mothers, often need special or increased intake of food.
(SOURCE: World Food Program)

2. Asia is the continent with the most hungry people - two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly. Also, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished. Both of these continents lie in the tropics.
(SOURCE: World Food Program)
The tropic alone, therefore has 80% of the world's hungry and it has the fastest increasing population. Africa alone will drive more than half of the rise in population rise in the next 25 to 35 years (United Nations)

Our Mission / Published November 1, 2015 by David Maduri

Our Mission

To develop the most innovative and effective ways to provide sufficient, safe, nutritious and healthier food while reducing costs and ecological footprint to feed the rising world population especially in the tropics in areas most affected by hunger and poverty.

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Our Mission

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