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Food security: promoting and scaling local solutions

I live in Moscow, Russia. According to the latest research, 90% of
people do not experience anything close to starvation. About 25% people
are actually close to the obesity. Problem is different: lack of fresh
food, lack of minerals and vitamins, not enough information and tech
knowledge to grow eco food.

So from one point of view we have a surplus, which must help to the striving countries today and in the
future and Russia delivers food surplus to those in need every year, the
volume of annual aid from Russia totals $25 million in UN World Food
Programme. Hopefully we would be able to increase it (both in terms of
direct aid and in terms of raising our own food security)

From another point of view, we ourselves lack XXI century methods to grow
fresh and eco food efficiently. For example, at leats half of some types
of granes can't be used without food additives. Lots of food is
imported every year because our own agricultural sector is on the brink
of collapse for about 20 years in the absence of government and
institutional support.
I've discovered that Russia have just signed an executive order approving the Russian Federation’s Food Security
Doctrine and that the doctrine aims to boost domestic production of
basic
foodstuffs by 80 percent by 2020.
The reality is that our agricultural sector is broken in pieces, there is nearly no support to
it or microcredit system and local sector can't compete with the import.
Every time i come to the shop, i can see potatos from Argentina and
oranges from Israel etc. And every time i get out to the surburb (3-4
hours from Moscow), i see old people trading their foods on the road. We
surely lack institution support and infrastructure; modern
technologies knowledge, marketing and finance web-models applied.

Still, I can clearly see some good signs. There are a couple of big companies
on agro-market, they have emerged
some 3-5 years ago and now they supply most of greens, tomatoes,
cuc**bers, apples, pears etc. This is European part of Russia market (at
best), not the wh***
country, but still. Another project on the road is web-based eco
food moscow
, whos model could eventually be scaled: they establish a
direct market linkage between local rural farmers and urban
residents through web platform. They are now moving to the eco-packs.
There is Slow Food Russia project as well. All those network forms of
communication and connection (for knowledge sharing, finance
redistribution, marketing, delivery) must be applied and they eventually
must be used, as the cheapest and easiest solutions. Hopefully our
government would be able to come up with those projects support, not
import restrictions or any other prohibition laws, which simply worsen
the international trade and collective balance. The best way to rewoke
the agro-industry - instead of trying to change the wh*** industry - is
to support small business and let enterpreneurs apply elegant solutions
to small local markets, promote those solutions on the national level
and scale them like crazy.

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Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 20, 2010 at 5:14pm
It´s really good that Russia it´s moving towards food sovereignty and eco food!!!
Comment by Olga Duka on March 20, 2010 at 5:17pm
Yes, fully agree! I was happy to find it out after knowing about imports and bad state of local sector for years
Comment by Ssozi Javie on March 20, 2010 at 5:31pm
Agent Olga, thanks for sharing this detailed report.
Now this sparks another area that Agents might want to explore: After we Achieve Food Security - WHAT NEXT? How do we manage the surplus. Eco food? Etc..
Comment by Olga Duka on March 20, 2010 at 6:02pm
Thank you, nice challenge for a thought! I would probably write about it later, but at the moment i think, web and network gives an amazing possibility to match local supply and demand and move a surplus to where it is needed with min costs involved. like nano-international trade =)
Comment by Carlo Delantar on March 21, 2010 at 9:56pm
very nice blog! While this move only applies to your country, it will affect other countries to do this as well. Very nice trend or habit to follow!
Comment by Olga Duka on March 27, 2010 at 7:42pm
thank you ! i hope we would see farming growth in here with this move
actually I am sure some have invented the same model in other places.

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