It’s more than cruel irony that of the more than 850 million people who go to bed hungry every night, at least half of them are farmers – unable to grow even enough to feed themselves. Hunger strikes in other ways too. Two billion people suffer from malnutrition, a “hidden hunger” that reflects a lack of diversity in their diets. An estimated 5.6 million children under five years old die each year from hunger-related illnesses.
In farm communities around the world, advanced hybrid and biotechnology seeds are helping farm families produce more, earn more and lead improved lives. It’s about more than just improved nutrition. When farmers produce more, they not only have enough for their families, but they can sell the surplus harvest at market.1, 2
The economic benefits of improved seeds and farming practices make a noticeable difference in the lives of women and children. With increased income in their villages, independent studies have documented that they have access to better health services and to schools and education for the first time in their lives.
A lot can grow from a tiny seed. Higher yields produce stronger communities. Farmers everywhere deserve the opportunity to choose the tools they need to improve their lives and those of their neighbors as well.