According to estimates by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), the number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition is still very high, despite the progress of recent years. The number of undernourished people is estimated at 795 million – and more suffer from malnutrition.
Too little ODA for the small-farm agricultural sector
The investments of the international community in agriculture are neither sufficient nor strongly enough aligned with food security and poverty reduction. The necessary strengthening of agriculture for food security has received less and less attention, particularly at recent G8 summits.
The aim of POWA: To place the promotion of agriculture and small farmers higher on the political agenda
Study commissioned by Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. under the project “Building Public and Political Will for Agriculture ODA in Germany"
The goal of POWA is to put these topics high on the political agenda. We want to generate attention and increase the political will to support agriculture, stock breeding and fishing with better resources. As such, the interests of small farmers and other small producers should achieve high importance at this year's G7 summit.
Through the German G7 presidency, the national government is presented with a great opportunity, alongside other political processes such as the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and climate negotiations in Paris, to bring to the table and shape important core issues for food security. POWA is committed to ensuring that this will also be a focus.
The actions of the POWA project
The POWA project is carrying out the following steps to reach its goals: