Farming Practices

South America

That's the current amount of land we use to grow our crops.

(Global Footprint Network)

Farmland and farming techniques are essential to feed the world. Seventy percent of the world’s rural poor rely on agriculture as their main source of income and in order to meet their daily food needs. To feed the world, we have already dedicated a land mass about the size of South America to grow our crops and a land mass larger than Africa to raise cattle and farm animals for food production. Much of the world’s remaining land is poorly suited for agriculture, but every day 225,000 more people are added to the world who are hungry for dinner each night.

Unfortunately, many current “modern” farming practices significantly deplete land and water resources, which decreases food production and hurts local ecosystems. We must begin to implement more sustainable farming practices, such as permaculture and varying seasonal harvests.

PMC’s radio serial drama Umurage Urukwiye (“Rwanda’s Brighter Future”) in Rwanda featured characters that planted trees to stabilize farmland. This role modeling encouraged others to do the same, capitalizing on an existing reforestation program in Rwanda to reverse continued challenges of farmland erosion. An independent survey found that 11 percent of those buying tree seedlings were motivated because of the example set in Umurage Urukwiye.  

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