By 2050, the FAO estimates the world will be facing a 20,500 trillion calorie deficit, which requires a 56 percent increase from 2010, to meet the Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal. Smallholder farmers, who control 10 hectares or less, currently produce up to 80% of the world’s food. Based on academic consensus, efficiently using available water, with improved farm management, has the potential to triple farm production across countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. Heifer’s proven community-empowering, private sector-driven platform for socio-economic development and integrated water resource management will leverage Columbia’s expertise in integrated agricultural and water research systems, to help marginalized smallholders in nine countries establish resilient pathways bridging the food gap. The proposed solution will reach the most marginalized people through three components: soil-to-space – connecting crop management and satellite imagery, farm-to-market – building healthy food value chains, and today-into-the-future – passing on resilient and sustainable solutions.
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