WINDHOEK: If the world is to succeed in overcoming hunger and malnutrition as well as meeting the demands of today’s and future generations, fundamental changes are needed in agricultural and food systems.
A new report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) titled ‘The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012’, which was issued on Tuesday noted that it is essential that governments and all stakeholders promote the gradual realisation of the right to adequate food and establish and protect rights to resources, especially for the most vulnerable.
According to the report, Namibia is one of the 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with the most undernourished people, with about 34 per cent of all citizens being chronically hungry.
The FAO said the figure represents the biggest such number since the turn of the century.
It noted that adequate and stable agricultural productivity growth depends critically on the health of agro-ecosystems and their capacity to provide services such as soil fertility, resistance to pests and diseases and overall resilience of the production system.
The report indicated that healthy ecosystems can also provide important benefits beyond farms, reducing agricultural pollution that has high costs and contributing to climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and watershed protection.