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World hunger best cured by small-scale agriculture: report

A move from industrial farming towards local food projects is our healthiest, most sustainable choice, says Worldwatch Institute

Small is key ... school nutrition programmes and indigenous livestock preservation are excellent ways to encourage food security. Photograph: Graeme Robertson

The key to alleviating world hunger, poverty and combating climate change may lie in fresh, small-scale approaches to agriculture, according to a report from the Worldwatch Institute.

The US-based institute’s annual State of the World report, published yesterday, calls for a move away from industrial agriculture and discusses small-scale initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa that work towards poverty and hunger relief in an environmentally sustainable way.

The authors suggest that instead of producing more food to meet the world’s growing population needs, a more effective way to address food security issues and climate change would be to encourage self-sufficiency and waste reduction, in wealthier and poorer nations alike.

“If we shift just some of our attention away from production to consumption issues and reducing food waste, we might actually get quite a big bang for our buck, because that ground has been neglected,” said Brian Halweil, co-director of the project.

Read more (Guardian.co.uk)

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