6 INNOVATIONS FEEDING THE WORLD
With 868 million people going hungry every day and the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2015 - the question of how we feed the world has never been more pressing. Here are 6 amazing technologies that are helping people feed themselves in a more sustainable, equitable and profitable way.
- •M-FarmAcross the world farmers face issues with middlemen eating into their profits. Farmers will be offered meagre prices for their produce which will get sold on for a much higher profit. Farmers miss out on the higher profit margins, and limits their ability to expand and produce higher yields. With M-farm farmers can simply text #20255 and receive pricing information on their products. This technology gives them a say in their market and has the potential to dramatically increase a farmers output.
- •FeedieThis is something that literally everyone who owns a smart phone can get involved with. It’s a project run by The Lunchbox Fund and it means when you ‘share’ your dinner on social media you will literally be sharing your meal with a child somewhere in the world. When you snap a photo of your dish with the Feedie app at participating restaurants, the restaurant makes a donation equal to one meal to The Lunchbox Fund. So far over 12 million meals have been shared with plans to expand this year.
- •Vertical FarmsBorn out of a place where limited space is a daily struggle, vertical farms are bringing food security to slums across Africa – protecting them and their families from global food price hikes and also allowing them to create some extra income.
- •The WonderbagCreated by British business woman Sara Collins, the Wonderbag is a slow cooker that requires absolutely no electricity. Although the Wonderbag isn’t an innovation that helps to produce food, it is an innovation that is helping to save the food families have.
- •PlantwisePlantwise aims to improve food security by reducing crop losses by collecting, organizing and disseminating critical knowledge about plant health. Its goal is to help smallholder farmers and researchers minimize the spread of pests and disease by detecting plant health problems earlier and providing better recommendations for treatment.
- •Digital GreensDigital Green seeks to improve food security and alleviate rural poverty by disseminating targeted agricultural information to small and marginal farmers in India through digital video. The company’s technology, COCO, captures local agricultural knowledge, techniques and best practices from farmers and extension agents through video production. DVDs of these videos are distributed to local mediators who organize screenings, facilitate discussion and answer questions.
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