Global Development: Agriculture & Food Security Solutions

Agriculture plays a key role in food security and economic development, accounting for 10 percent of the global economic output and most of the world’s population in rural areas depends directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihood. Since 2000 efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition have had some success.  According to the UN,  the proportion of undernourished people worldwide declined from 15 percent in 2000-2002 to 11 percent in 2014-2016, and about 793 million people are undernourished globally, down from 930 million people during the same period.  However, ending hunger and achieving food security will need more investments and a continued focused on the part of governments and the international community.  Ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture is  Sustainable Development Goal 2, because the UN estimates that in 2016 155 million children under 5 years of age were stunted, and Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa accounted for three-quarters of all stunted children that year.  Also, In 2016, an estimated 52 million children under 5 years of age worldwide suffered from wasting.  The global wasting rate in 2016 was 7.7 per cent, with the highest rate (15.4 per cent) in Southern Asia.

Our technologist and sustainable development professionals have the right mix of expertise to aid in the development of agricultural interventions that leverage technology.  In partnership with donors, national and regional governments, NGOs, and the private sector we design and deploy solutions that are human-centered which involves all stakeholders such as the farmers and their communities.  Whether it’s helping deploy Market Systems Development  or Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) by improving access to capital, technology & skills, implementing sustainable technologies, or improving policies, trade and regulatory environments, addressing input supply constraints.

Open Standards & Open Source 

All of our work is done using open standards and open source. This is to make sure our customers have all the benefits that open source software provides including constant software improvements, greater security, control/full data ownership, greater interoperability and lower total cost of ownership. Find out more.