World Health Day falls on April 7th. The theme this year is “Let’s build a fairer, healthier world for everyone”. We commit to this and to Sustainable Development Goal number 3: Good health and well-being.
How does our work relate to this? How do agriculture and health come together?
- Food safety: agriculture is how food is produced, and food is essential for life. In order to sustain healthy lives, we need good quality food that is safe to eat. Food produced with inputs (pesticides and fertilizers), must be regulated and applied in the correct way.
- Farmer health: One billion people work in agriculture, they need to stay healthy in order to be productive and ensure the global supply of food. Farm workers need to handle pesticides and fertilizers safely to ensure their own safety as well as ours.
- Sector specific disease: The food and agriculture sector is linked to certain illnesses: foodborne, zoonotic diseases, chronic disease and occupational ill-health. Notably, Covid-19 originated in a food market.
Vivent’s technology helps farmers increase yields, we help diagnose crop diseases, water stress and nutrient stress before visual symptoms appear. We support a more sustainable agriculture that is safer because we help farmers to target their use of inputs more effectively, reducing the amounts they need thus reducing risks of ill health to farm workers.
Our work will lead to better food security through supporting the development of new climate and pest resistant varieties of crops. We can work with farmers to reduce malnutrition and undernutrition by producing the right crops in the right places for the people who need them.
Together with our research partners and our customers we can work towards Good Health and Well-being and specifically Goal 3.9 – By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
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