Over 1.2 billion people living in poverty depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Many live in areas hit hard by rapidly deteriorating conditions associated with climate change. Oxfam has joined with Swiss Re and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to create a dynamic public-private-people-partnership we call the Rural Resilience Initiative, or R4—a joint effort to help rural families build resilience against climate-related risk (Offenheiser, 2016).
R4 was launched in 2010 to respond to this growing problem, building on the success of an earlier Oxfam program in Ethiopia. R4 combines Oxfam’s experience with community participation and local savings groups, Swiss Re’s innovative risk transfer solutions, and WFP’s global capacity, to offer four risk management approaches in combination: community risk reduction and natural resource management; livelihoods diversification and microcredit; savings; and micro insurance (Offenheiser, 2016).
This is a good example of the private sector taking initiative to help the hunger problems in this country. The core innovation of R4 is that it provides cash-poor farmers the option to work for their insurance premiums on projects that reduce risk and build climate resilience (Offenheiser, 2016).
Another program is the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth provided a platform for engagement to occur and to help bridge gaps between fish farming industry growth and sustainability. Similarly, to the New Vision for Agriculture and other cross-sector initiatives and conferences, there is agreement among stakeholders that if farmers, markets, governments and civil society join forces we might be able to maximize seafood yields while protecting our ocean’s biodiversity and generating regional economic growth (Rojas-Ruiz, 2013).
In Arizona the Arizonan’s Preventing Hunger Action Plan the state is working towards working with the private sector to help in the farming, agriculture, stores giving their extra food to shelters and food organization. The interim action goals needed to achieve the long-term goals include:
• Increase the number of food hubs statewide.
• Increase the number of incubator farms for training new farmers and ranchers.
• Increase the number of new farmers and ranchers trained in hands-on farming/ ranching (Arizonan’s Preventing Hunger Action Plan, 2017). \
The Arizona Hunger Advisory Council. (2017). Arizonans preventing hunger action plan 2017. Retrieved from The Arizona Hunger Advisory Council website: https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/media/Arizonans-Preventing-Hunger-Action-Plan-July-2017.pdf
Offenheiser, R. (2016). Ending global hunger through private sector, civil society and government collaboration. Retrieved from https://www.diplomaticourier.com/
Rojas-Ruiz, J. (2014). Aquaculture: Enabling food security, oceanic sustainability and economic growth in the future. Retrieved from https://www.hunger-undernutrition.org/blog/public-private-partnerships/