COVID-19 and FOOD SECURITY: A PARAMOUNT PRIORITY
WE ARE A MULTITUDE ROOTED IN FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
Globally, and locally, Covid-19 has brought an intense time of breakdown. We are experiencing an epic time of loss, suffering, fear, and upheaval. Yet, this has raised questions about how poorly designed the old systems are set up and yields an opportunity for a great breakthrough right now.
As we stop depending on established institutions to find a way through this emergent time, we must stick together.
It is TIME. We have the TOOLS available now to build our own self-reliance with local solutions designed for our communities health. We just have to take the first step away from what is not working and move toward what does.
The question we have been asking is “does business-as-usual” make us better? Because we are seeing a food supply chain failure across markets, which will be amplified with this year’s coming “mega-drought”, and we are urgently working overtime to PREPARE YOU and YOUR COMMUNITY NOW.
Shifting from ME to WE, it’s up to ALL OF US to integrate food into our community planning. So we are stepping into “ESSENTIAL” work that invests in human, social and natural wellbeing, the only REAL investment, or exchange of currency (energy inputs, outputs), that has VALUE, PURPOSE AND MEANING.
This Covid-19 narrative is shifting our PERSPECTIVES, PRIORITIES and POWERS.
- Seeing ourselves, and the planet as a whole (holistic view).
- Putting the health of people and the planet first as a measure of progress and wellbeing.
- Incentivizing investment in local access to resources and sharing solutions that are inclusive to many, not just a few.
At SkyFarms we are a global network collaborating together to get a farm in every local community. We are lowering the barriers of access to resources, perceptions and incentives to get involved in agriculture so that anyone, anywhere can get GROWING.
“Our purpose is to guide you to your unique place within the spectrum of agriculture and technology resources, opportunities, and solutions that exist.”
Everyone has an inherent right and responsibility to be a stakeholder in their local food production, and so we implore you to act with us TODAY. Be part of the many local resources that are being used to plant a new resurgence of ‘victory gardens‘ that sustained communities during food chain supply shortages during World War 2.
Only 25% of the world has access to a secure food supply chain, where much of it is overproduced, distributed unequally, and discarded as food waste. Therefore, 75% of the global population does not have access to continuous, undisrupted food production to meet their calorie needs.
A more equitable and accessible food system can be made possible by:
- Access to Agricultural Resources, Incentives & Opportunities
- Data Driven Solutions That Connect and Consolidate The Local Food Network
- Forming stakeholders that include community leading edge experts with those who can unleash a renaissance in agriculture: youth, woman, disadvantaged and the underserved.
We have joined forces with Feeding Cities & Food Security “Jugaad” (a Hindi term referring to a creative, non-conventional, frugal “hack”: to innovate with meagre resources). Their message is a call to action for us all. Please sign their open letter here
“Embedding food production into urban- and peri-urban areas is increasingly viewed as an essential part of building more sustainable, robust cities. While typologies and solutions may differ from city to city and country to country, the message is clear: Healthy food system = Healthy economy, Healthy planet, Healthy population.
We propose the widespread construction of indoor, outdoor and rooftop garden plots, community gardens, greenhouses, and other appropriate forms of urban farming, in shared community spaces, alongside upcycling and food processing facilities to provide opportunities for packaging, storage and to reduce unnecessary food wastage.” -Samantha
You can support us now by signing our Statement of Purpose: Zero Hunger 2030 petition.
Take a moment to read our contributing partner The Hunger Project message from founder Joan Holmes. It will inspire you to think about what you can do right now to be more involved with achieving Zero Hunger. And to join 500,000 people who are joined in solidarity to achieve a world with food for all.
STAY SAFE, BE WELL AND REMEMBER THESE ESSENTIAL IDEAS THAT WILL SHAPE OUR WAY FORWARD THROUGH COVID-19 CRISIS:
- This is just the beginning. Not all viruses get vaccines. We could be living in waves of disruptions for many years to come.
- Data is a “very powerful tool” in finding a way through to design a solution.
- We must find the balance between economy and health.
- At all costs, protect the “frontline heroes”, and the “most vulnerable”.
- Governments, Corporations and Private Citizens must begin investing in new infrastructure that encourages self-reliance in achieving the SDGs (over 50% of the world’s wealth is at 0% interest rate and is doing nothing).
- We must not neglect mental and emotional health issues as they increase exponentially.
- Preparedness is paramount. We must begin to think more long-term, and about our community adaptability, resourcefulness and resilience, the backbone of sustainbility.