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Projects Abroad enables volunteers to help efforts to redress global food imbalance
Date:2/18/2013

(PRWEB) February 18, 2013

Organized by charities and faith groups and with celebrity backing, the IF campaign aims to help people in developing countries get enough food by addressing the underlying causes of hunger, including land grabs, tax avoidance and a lack of transparency from those investing in poorer countries.

At the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, the current imbalance in world food production and consumption was addressed in a new report. Called A New Vision for Agriculture, the report highlighted the world's 500 million smallholders, who support 2 billion people and comprise 97 per cent of the global agricultural holdings. They produce food for almost 70 per cent of the world's population.

This report follows hot on the heels of some worrying news from the UK; according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE), almost half of the world's food is wasted. Western consumer demand for cosmetically perfect food, along with "poor engineering and agricultural practices", inadequate infrastructure and poor storage facilities were cited as reasons for this waste.

As well as signing up to these campaigns, if volunteering is your thing, you can do something more hands-on to help farmers and food producers in developing countries. Organizations such as Projects Abroad offer the chance to make a real difference on the ground, volunteering in projects from sustainable agriculture to plant and animal conservation.

Projects Abroad offers an enormous variety of projects in 28 destinations. Volunteers gain valuable work experience while discovering a new culture and helping those less fortunate than themselves.

As a volunteer in Africa you can make a real difference in countries such as Ghana and South Africa, helping to develop sustai
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