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The Impact of Agricultural Technology, Apps, and Social Media on World Hunger

Fri August 30 2019 8:48 am  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=578682
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Food insecurity is a growing problem in our world, but with the impressive impact of technology, joining the fight against world hunger has never been easier.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), nearly 820 million people worldwide experience food insecurity on a regular basis. Because this is such a prevalent issue in modern society, many individuals and organizations are reaching out to provide aid. Luckily, with the impressive impact of technology on world hunger, joining the fight against food insecurity is easier than ever.

Social Media and Hunger Awareness

With the rising popularity of social media, spreading awareness about important issues has never been easier. Social media sites allow users to connect with other individuals across the globe and gain insight into issues outside of their immediate communities. While likes and retweets are helpful in garnering awareness around the issue of world hunger, certain social media sites take things a step further. On Facebook, for instance, users can link their profiles to philanthropic organizations to encourage donations from their friends. Some social media sites also allow users to connect directly to organizations working to end world hunger and stay up-to-date on any events they may be hosting. Though activists may live miles apart, social media makes it easier for them to get involved and do their part.

Interactive Apps and Websites for Food Security

In addition to creating presences on social media, many philanthropic organizations have created websites and apps to further their mission toward global food security. For instance, the World Food Programme, a humanitarian organization founded by the United Nations and dedicated to the fight against world hunger, has created an interactive app that makes it easier for users worldwide to join the fight. The award-winning app, ShareTheMeal, encourages users to do just that. With the simple tap of a button, users are able to donate $0.50 and feed a child for an entire day. Other websites, such as FreeRice, allow users to make donations simply by answering trivia questions. Websites and apps such as Free Rice and ShareTheMeal encourage users to engage in innovative ways, adding a subtle level of fun to the fight against hunger.

Agricultural Technology

The impact of technology on world hunger extends much further than your smartphone. Organizations in various industries around the world—particularly in the agricultural industry—are seeking technological innovations to aid in the fight against world hunger. Some companies have combined innovations in science and technology to better accommodate the world’s growing population. Using automated liquid handling equipment, scientists are able to edit the genomic makeup of crops and livestock. This process allows them to identify and isolate any disease-resistant genes in order to increase crop production and yield. This technology can also be used to predict the offspring of crops and livestock in order to optimize future crop yields through next-generation sequencing technologies. Other advancements in agricultural technology involve utilizing satellites to improve weather predictions, which can be especially beneficial in areas prone to extreme drought.

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