Mission 2014's solution was presented on December 1, 2010 before an audience and panel. The presentation, which was followed by a question and answer session, can be found here.
To achieve food security, Mission 2014 recommends a region-specific approach to development and direct aid, both of which target the poverty-hunger cycle.
The Mission 2014 solution is based on the following premises, three insights we have gained through our research:
- Worldwide efforts to combat hunger have not been properly coordinated and executed in the past. In order to use the available resources to their maximum effect coordination and execution of these efforts must occur at optimal efficiency.
- Technologies exist that can be used as tools to promote global food security. These technologies must be improved and focused on food-insecure regions.
- Those who live with hunger each day are the most valuable resource in understanding and working to solve the problem.
These three premises are the basis of our work. We seek to direct non-governmental organizations (NGOs) towards more effective efforts and encourage greater collaboration and transparency amongst NGOs. We also provide a toolbox of agricultural technologies and methods applicable in various environments across the world, for which we have created a system of classification. Finally, we recognize the futility of creating a plan without taking careful account of a location’s culture, environment, and resources. The only effective way of doing so is through direct communication with the people living in the region, and each piece of our plan is to be adapted based on the results of these conversations.
We judged proposed solutions in terms of their effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, scalability, sustainability, and environmental impact. In the end, our work resulted in the following plan.
Our solution is to utilize existing agricultural technologies that can be immediately implemented in areas that need help without delay, coupled with educational and direct aid programs over the next four decades. Throughout this time frame, we will collaborate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and countries using our protocols in the hopes of establishing an advanced food distribution and international trade program, implementation of technologically innovative methods of agriculture, microfinance programs to boost impoverished farmers out of the endless hunger-poverty cycle and establish food security for the planet in the next century.