The Good Kitchen defines food poverty as a group or individual not having access to an adequate or nutritious diet. We use the word food poverty deliberately because it covers a range of issues including hunger, malnutrition and food security. Equally, we use the word food poverty because it encompasses food-related issues in both the Global North and Global South.
The nine images below outline the type of projects that we think could address food poverty. It is by no means an exhaustive list. The important question to ask yourself is as a result of my product/service are substantially more people receiving access to an adequate and nutritious diet?
+ Food Technology
Technology has a huge role to play in tackling food poverty. From improving agricultural yields to redistributing food surplus, technology can help people have access to an adequate and nutritious diet.
+ Urban Agriculture
Urban agriculture provides an exciting opportunity to get nutritious, environmentally conscious and low-cost food to people in our cities who wouldn't be able to access it otherwise.
+ Redistribute Surplus Food
About one-third of food that is fit for human consumption is wasted worldwide. With smart solutions for tackling this waste, organisations also open up new opportunities to get affordable food to people experiencing food poverty. These solutions might occur anywhere from farm to fork.
+ Food Education
Organisations with sustainable and scalable programmes to educate people on preparing adequate, nutritious and affordable meals play a crucial role in tackling food poverty.
It is not only a lack of food that causes food poverty, but also the types of food people eat. We're looking for smart ways to tackle problems linked with malnutrition, particularly in areas where specific key nutrients might be absent from people's diets.
+ Bio Innovation
Bio-technology interventions have the potential to enhance yield levels, increase input-use efficiency, reduce crop risk, and enhance nutritional quality. These in turn have the potential to address food poverty and improve access nutritional produce.
+ Alternative Farming Methods
To feed 9 billion people by 2050, we will need to create alternative farming methods that increase yields but not at the cost of the environment or quality. Is the answer organic farming or GMO, precision agriculture or regenerative agriculture?
Agro-ecology aims to keep the following four things in balance: productivity, stability, sustainability and equitability. Interesting initiatives by agro-ecology driven organisations include blending bee-keeping with integrated agroforestry, and hydroponic farmiing.
+ Food Processing
Finding affordable, environmentally friendly ways to process food is an effective way of tackling food poverty and food insecurity. From cassava processing to bio-fortified potatoes, innovation in food processing can get people the nutrition they need.
If your project for tackling food poverty is not listed above and you think it should be, please get in touch.