Agriculture is more important than ever before. With a growing population and climate uncertainty, our food security is a pertinent global issue calling for local action in the way we produce and consume food. Yet food security is a complex issue, deeply connected to our health through malnutrition, but also intricately connected to efforts in sustainable development, the environment, local markets, the agricultural industry, trade agreements and foreign aid.
Farmers play an integral role in rethinking our food systems. In understanding the interconnectedness of this issue, the links between nutrition, education, agriculture, the market to the resiliency of households, communities, and cities become clear. On the one hand, public policy plays an important part in how food systems are created and sustained. But community-based innovations on the ground leading to more sustainable farming and consumption practices have the potential to scale up to make a deep impact on how we grow and consume food. Public-private partnerships and visionary entrepreneurship are important in making these innovations affordable to poor city and rural communities.
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Glossary of Key Terms
Agriculture: The science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.
Food security: The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” The 1996 World Summit on Food Security noted that "food should not be used as an instrument for political and economic pressure.”
Food desert: Particularly common in dense urban areas, a food desert is a geographic zone where fresh, affordable produce is nearly impossible to obtain.
Food system: From the seed to the plant to the table, the food system incorporates the processes and infrastructure that feeds a population. Highly linked to political, economic, environmental and social conditions, food systems also include the inputs and outputs which they require to function.
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