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How to Feed the Future

HOW TO FEED THE FUTURE Poverty is a principal cause of hunger- it prevents people from having access to food and the tools they need to grow it. Natural disasters, conflict, lack of infrastructure, and poor farming practices also are also contributing to the growing problem of hunger as the world population increases. But simple, smart investments in agriculture have saved millions of lives in the past, and today we have the science, innovation, and technology to create sustainable solutions that will Feed the Future. ALMOST 1 BILLION PEOPLE SUFFER FROM 15% CHRONIC HUNGER Global population will grow over 30% by 2050 food production will need to grow by 70% to meet with demand. WHAT HUNGER MEANS Children suffering from severe malnutrition are 9x more likely to die Hunger costs developing countries approximately $450 billion per year in lost GDP Hunger increases a country's risk of democratic failure, protests and rioting, violence and civil conflict BREAKTHROUGHS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER TILAPIA CORN In Rwanda, a crop The Genetic Improvement of Farmed Tilapia strain developed by the World Fish Center helped over 300,000 people in the Philippines alone. intensification initiative that made fertilizer and higher quality seeds available to farmers produced four times the annual corn output than was harvested in years past. CASSAVA RICE A program to develop high-yield, vitamin enriched varieties of cassava helped to Between 1965 and 2007, "semi-dwarf" rice helped expand global rice production from 256 to over 630 million metric tons. cut undernourishment in Ghana by half over a 20-year period. WHEAT Usage of semi-dwarf wheat in 1940s -1950s led to Green Revolution, which saved one billion people from starving. INVESTMENTS TO FEED THE FUTURE 400% GDP growth generated by agricultural development is 400% more effective reducing poverty than any other sector. Increasing farmer's access to market prices and potential buyers in Bangladesh, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania could lift 28 million people out of poverty. A vaccine to prevent cattle disease in Africa would cost $10.5 million and would increase milk production by 240 million liters annually. MILK Investments that provide women equal access to land, water, seeds, training and funding in agriculture would increase farm yields by 20-30%. SOURCES: | 1/2011population-data-sheet_eng.pdf 2 NUTRITION_12082010.pdf | | 2010.pdf 450 billion_a_year_says_actionaid.html | 2010.pdf| | | | USAID USAID 50.. 50.USAID.GOV USAID ANNIVERSARY orve ATIOHA FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

How to Feed the Future

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I designed and illustrated this infographic for US Aid about alternative food sources.




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