I would like to share my idea with you. With my more than 25 years working experience on agricultural research and development, my concept for food secure world is:
For the achievement pf SDG 2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030 we must prioritize the need of the smallholder farmer as agriculture in the developing countries mainly undertaken by smallholder farmers who constitute over two-thirds of the global poor, food insecure and most vulnerable population. For this purpose, we need to insure the right inputs in right time, real time advisory services and ensure the selling price of the farm products.
These can be achievable if we can connect directly farmers with the input dealer, advisor and consumer in a loop using ICT tools such as mobile APP. Currently, these linkage are broken, passes through many intermediaries and non-transparent. Consequently, smallholder farmers are not using right input, have lower yield and lower selling price while the consumer has less trust of food safety what they buy from market. If we want to create a responsible safe food system, we must create direct link between consumer and producer that will insure the higher return for the smallholder farmers.
Dr. Md. Kamrul Islam
Senior Scientific Officer