What inspired you to support the Food Made Good Awards?
We are excited to work with the Food Made Good Awards to inspire positive in food production worldwide. The Awards’ focus on sustainability aligns with Farm Africa’s mission to improve lives by driving agricultural and environmental change. The majority of the world’s food is grown on small-scale family farms. However, the potential of millions of small-scale food producers around the world is thwarted by poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and lack of access to markets. Progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Goals aiming to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030, is dangerously off track. Sustainable food production plays a pivotal role in contributing towards the achievement of many of the off-track goals, such as eliminating poverty, ending hunger and achieving gender quality.
How do you see the category you’re aligning with help accelerate positive change in hospitality?
We are excited about the potential of the supporting global farmers award to inspire not only the hospitality industry but also diners to think more about the origins of the food they cook and eat. In many countries around the world, the majority of the population is engaged in agriculture: in other words, food production. Soils are often poor, drought ever near. Millions of small-scale food producers are trapped in poverty through no fault of their own. The supporting global farmers award is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of these farmers’ stories and to inspire more support for sustainable and ethical food production worldwide.
What sustainability issue do you expect to rise to the fore in 2020 and why?
Climate change is happening much more quickly than had been anticipated, and it is the world’s poorest people who are bearing the brunt of its impacts. After a prolonged decline, global hunger is on the rise again. An estimated 821 million people were undernourished in 2017, up from 784 million in 2015. Climate variability and extremes are among the key drivers behind this increase. Farmers in countries most vulnerable to climate extremes need support to adopt climate-smart agricultural practices to help stem climate-related falls in yields, which are taking their toll on food security and nutrition.