With World Food Day 2013 fast approaching, agriculturists, stakeholders and consumers, have their eyes focused on the Agricultural sector once again. The theme for this year's celebration as announced by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition, is very thought provoking.
Food systems speak to every detail that goes into the production and consumption of food. The global population has been estimated to reach figures of over nine billion in the year 2050. In 2013, it is now very necessary that in our thrust to achieve food security, we function in a manner that does not bring about the depletion or destruction of our resources, upon which we so heavily rely.
In the past few decades a global stance was taken to initiate a change in the way we protect our environment. From recycling to watershed management, efforts are being made to reduce our carbon footprints. We within this sector, are called upon to bring about this change. We need be conscious of the way we grow, process, package, transport, store,consume and dispose of our food. As agriculturists, it is important that we adopt healthy food systems and encourage those around us to do the same.
As we do all within our power to fight hunger and alleviate poverty, we must do so in a manner that is sustainable and gives hope to posterity. Let us pool our resources and have meaningful dialogue over a cup of Lime-bud Tea!