UPL Ltd.’s commitment to strengthening developing world food production, storage, and supply chains is a significant step toward global food security. The company’s participation in the Earth Summit in Doha, Qatar, demonstrates its commitment to finding sustainable agricultural solutions. UPL contributed to creating the ‘food security’ program through open plenary sessions and closed-door technical discussions. The program aims to build new sustainability pathways for hot and arid environments, which is critical to addressing the moderate or severe food insecurity faced by one-in-four people globally.
The ‘food security’ program aims to align South-South efforts and create a dedicated food security program for producing and importing countries in Africa, India, and Latin America. The program focuses on developing farmer resilience, capacity building, and creating demonstration plots for climate-resilient crops. These measures will enable farmers to produce more food, increase their income, and be better prepared for future challenges. The renewed commitment to enhancing food security shows a new urgency to address food security and new energy among developing nations to agree on approaches to deliver accurate results.
Jai Shroff, Group CEO of UPL Ltd., emphasizes that food security is not achieved until everyone has access to food. He believes that improving farmer resilience is the key to achieving food security. The discussions in Doha highlight the need for new approaches to enhancing food security. The commitments made by heads of state, QF’s Earthna, and other partners at the Earthna Summit 2023 show a new collaborative approach toward enhancing food security. However, the program’s success will depend on all stakeholders’ commitment to sustainable agriculture and food security.
Food security is an essential issue that affects humanity at all levels. The lack of access to sufficient and nutritious food significantly affects health, economic growth, social stability, and environmental sustainability. Hunger and malnutrition are the leading causes of death worldwide; it is estimated that over 690 million people go hungry daily. The cost of hunger is not just measured in human lives but also in economic terms. The World Bank estimates that malnutrition can cost countries up to 11% of their GDP, demonstrating the importance of investing in food security. Therefore, ensuring food security is critical to achieving sustainable development and building a better future for all.
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