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No goal is more complicated, than the goal of sustainable development. It is easy to feel overwhelmed.
Many are already questioning whether such lofty ambitions can realistically be met. Even more worrying is our tendency to subdivide problems, put them in boxes and treat them independently of others — almost universally leading to even more problems.
How do we traverse and embrace this complexity but also identify practical interventions and approaches that ensure sustainable development? One goal SDG2 centres on ending hunger through sustainable agriculture.
For example, it can contribute to ending poverty SDG1ensuring availability and sustainable management of water SDG6promoting inclusive and sustainable growth SDG8taking action to combat climate change SDG13and many others.
A single endeavour, sustainable agriculture, can help us embrace the complexity. In Colombia, the farmers that grow the beans for your morning cup of coffee fear they will go out of business as temperatures rise; already production is being hit.
In East Africa, prolonged droughts are killing cattle that farmers rely on for nutritious milk, as well as an income. Every day these effects are plunging families further into hunger and poverty.
Climate-smart agriculture — we believe — is where investors will get the most bang for their sustainable development buck. Each of these is a sustainable development goal in its own right — and investment in sustainable agriculture can reach them all.
About Christian Aid. We have more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. We tackle the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. As United Methodists, we care about the health and well being of all people. In the Wesleyan tradition, the Christian faith is not a solitary journey. We are part of a larger community — our church families, our neighborhoods, and the world. Global Health is a major area of focus for the ministry. Get the latest headlines on Canadian and international economies, plus money news, personal finance information and the stock market indexes, including the TSX, Dow Jones, NASDAQ, Nikkei and more.
For climate-smart agriculture to also contribute here, it must give attention to power, gender and social inclusion. Thanks to engagement by partners M.
Swaminathan Foundation and Bioversity International, the government will distribute coarse grains, such as millet, sorghum and maize, in addition to the basic staples, rice and wheat.
Coarse grains are highly nutritious and they are also highly resistant to climate-induced stresses such as drought and flood.
India promotes climate resilience through its food security bill. It is estimated that over 31 million Indian farmers grow these crops, and the inclusion of these crops in the law is likely to stimulate production, contributing both to climate adaptation and food security.
Add to that the increased income the farmers that grow these crops will receive when the government buys their crops, and India can make progress in addressing the problems of hunger, poverty and climate change in one targeted intervention.
Kenya The flip side of the climate change adaptation coin is reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that agriculture produces.
In developing countries, reducing emissions makes sense only if food production is not compromised. In Kenya, the World Agroforestry Centre is helping farming households to produce more milk with fewer emissions, through training to improve livestock feeding practices.An exploration of the nature and history of capitalism.
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Global Health is a major area of focus for the ministry. A small group of faithful missionaries, working quietly among the African poor, might by God's grace, be able to share the whole gospel beyond the watchful eyes of the new global managers.
Leaders across the world have a monumental opportunity to reduce inequality, end poverty, protect the environment and promote justice and peace in implementing Sustainable Development Goals.
The effects of the way things are produced and consumed today have impacts all around the world. Today’s consumption is a major cause of environmental degradation. It is also a backbone to globalization in its current form and this often maintains disparities between the rich and poor.
About Christian Aid. We have more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. We tackle the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks.