Here are some facts from ECHO about hunger and food production.
~ The average small-scale farmer only produces half of the food needed for his/her family.
~ There are close to one billion people living in hunger (or under nourished) in the world today.
~ A child dies from hunger-related causes every 12 seconds.
~ 75% of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species.
~ More than 90% of crop varieties have disappeared from farmer’s fields.
~ Worldwide, over 25 million acres of farmable land become desert every year.
~ In South America, Asia and Africa farms are losing soil at 2x the rate that is sustainable for crop production.
~ After wind and water erosion, the remaining soil typically has only 1/3 the nutrients of the eroded topsoil.
It was a wonderful week and would love to share with anyone interested about the details.
I learned tons!!!