Food, water and a few other basic needs: A recap of session 9 of TEDGlobal 2014

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Sipho Moyo speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED Sipho Moyo speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

This session is all about “Basic Needs.” Enjoy these talks on food, innovation, sanitation and more.

Sipho Moyo puts two images up on her screen: a Ghanaian cocoa farmer using a primitive wooden rakes, juxtaposed with the glossy Godiva chocolates that would not exist without her. And yet, says Moyo, the Africa director of ONE, the West African farmers who supply 70% of the $110 billion chocolate industry still struggle to feed their families, making do with little to no fertilizer, tired seeds and pre-Biblical tools. But to feed the world’s projected 10 billion mouths by 2050, we will need Africa’s underutilized land, water and human resources. Meeting those needs will require affordable credit, increased infrastructure and improved terms of trade for farmers. Moyo believes this is possible, looking to success stories like Brazil to inspire African agriculture to take…

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