What is GROW? The GROW Campaign was formed because even though we live during a time when miraculous things happen by the moment, there are still just as many tragic events taking place around the world. GROW is hoping to alleviate one of these tragedies which is starvation.
The GROW Campaign was, in part, put together by Oxfam International which is “an international confederation of 15 organizations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.”
Soon there will be nine billion of us on the planet. Our societies must grow to meet our needs, so we can put enough food on the table for everyone.
Already, almost a billion of us go to bed hungry every night. Not because there isn’t enough. But because of the deep injustice in the way the system works. And because too many of the ways we grow today are using up and destroying the natural resources on which we all rely.
We can grow in a better way – one that contributes much more to human wellbeing, and ensures that everyone on the planet will always have enough to eat.
The food system is buckling under intense pressure from climate change, ecological degradation, population growth, rising energy prices, rising demand for meat and dairy products, and competition for land from biofuels, industry, and urbanization.
In addition to everything just mentioned we have multiple types of governments around the globe who have a variety of different ways of coping with such pressures and not one of them copes with compassion. It is my opinion that most (if not all) governments base their decisions on money, power, worldly gain of control/power or efficiency of some sort and the welfare of their countries people is most always on the bottom of the list.
The GROW Campaign hopes to spread awareness about the following:
- Growing better by investing in a new future for agriculture.
- Tackle hunger and reduce vulnerability – creating jobs and investing in climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and social protection
- Food availability food can also be increased massively by addressing waste – estimated at between 30 and 50 per cent of all food grown. Due to poor
storage and transport infrastructure, governments must increase investment.
- Pricing water for industry and commercial agriculture will force businesses and large farms to improve their efficiency.
- Demand for food aid could conceivably double by 2020, yet the system is already buckling. Because donors’ budgets for food assistance are in monetary terms rather than tonnage, food price hikes erode their value.
We face three interlinked challenges in an age of growing crisis: feeding 9 billion people without wrecking the planet; finding equitable solutions to end disempowerment and injustice; and increasing our collective resilience to shocks and volatility. No ‘silver bullet’ technology or policy will make these challenges vanish.
It is up to you and to me to help shape the future.