For the pandemic times, community-supported agriculture

An incredibly important, but often overlooked dimension of today’s pandemic is social and mental wellbeing. In the times of various restrictions on our movements, people become increasingly isolated and we will certainly experience many negative consequences related to socio-economic crises that will result from this pandemic. In the words of Fatima Zohra Hocimi from Algeria: “CSA allows people to connect with each other, to break social boundaries and serve a cause that lies beyond themselves. CSA with multidimensional health building is the future of communities’ well-being”.

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World faces worst food crisis for at least 50 years, UN warns

Even before the lockdowns, the global food system was failing in many areas, according to the UN. The report pointed to conflict, natural disasters, the climate crisis, and the arrival of pests and plant and animal plagues as existing problems. East Africa, for instance, is facing the worst swarms of locusts for decades, while heavy rain is hampering relief efforts.

The additional impact of the coronavirus crisis and lockdowns, and the resulting recession, would compound the damage and tip millions into dire hunger, experts warned.

– The Covid-19 crisis is attacking us at every angle – said Agnes Kalibata, the UN secretary general’s special envoy for the 2021 food systems summit. – It has exposed dangerous deficiencies in our food systems and actively threatens the lives and livelihoods of people around the world, especially the more than 1 billion people who have employment in the various industries in food systems.”

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Urban Farming and gardening potential

Urban farming has the potential to help address food security worldwide. The first global estimate found that, if fully implemented in cities around the world, urban farms could produce as much as 180 million tonnes of food a year – perhaps 10 percent of the global output of legumes, roots and tubers, and vegetable crops. It is forecast that by 2050 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, and the speed of this shift demands rapid solutions to providing for these urban populations. The challenges go beyond food production, including job creation, community building and waste processing. Urban farming can make a positive impact in all of these areas, thereby also contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 01, 02, 12 and 15.

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