My topic of focus throughout my masters dissertation was: food loss on smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which consists of some of the highest post-harvest losses (PHL) in the world.
Most of these losses can be reduced by effective knowledge/technology distribution, and investment in resistant seed strains.
Outside of my degree I am interested in UK food security, and the dangers the that UK and other import dependent states face in an increasingly uncertain political, economic, social, and environmental climate.
Other focuses are: population increase, decreasing total food loss and increasing yield, food availability due to climate change and the dangers of food loss presents in those regions impacted most by climate change.
Here are some interesting articles surrounding food security, food loss, agricultural governance, farming and similar topics.
Food Security and Food waste in developed countries
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Food Security and Food loss in developing countries
Climate impacts on food security
Climate impacts on food security – Among the most significant impacts of climate change is the potential increase of food insecurity and malnutrition (WFP, 2019). Post-Harvest food losses (PHL) on the African continent are of increasing concern with a rapidly growing population, in Kenya and Ghana for example they comprise of an estimated 30-50% of production at various points in the value chain (Morris, 2018, p.5). Thus, as the climate changes with increasing desertification, the pressures of feeding populations where food is already scares will increase exponentially. Only an international awareness of the effect climate change has on food security can possibly provide the correct funding, network solutions and distribution of knowledge to assist those at the local (street-level) in reducing PHL’s.
The insect push
Are eating insects the real answer to solving food security as the economist suggests? Moving from meat to insect protein may make sense. I have long argued against this. A more recent guardian article puts plummeting insect numbers ‘as threatening collapse of nature‘.
For all the hype and push towards consuming insect bars and the like we need to look into this seriously. What the planet needs is a balance and we should be excerising caution before pushing movements away from current diets across the world, this also rings true for the recent vegan trend.