More than 20 years ago, I, Dan Custis, CEO, ABM, came across a graph projecting global food demand, which was expected to double by 2040. That graph illustrated the per capita food consumption per day of certain regions around the world and has been at the back of my mind ever since.
As we were creating ABM, and since then, my point of view has been how do we improve this? How do we help feed the world? There are many countries in which people do not have access to the food and nutrition they need. I have been to some of these countries. I have seen the poverty. I have seen the hunger. I have seen, firsthand, the challenges people in these countries face feeding their families.
Why is it that people in the least developed countries aren’t being fed? Some are war-torn countries and have suffered many years of external or internal conflicts. Yet, at one time, these countries grew enough food to feed everyone and were able to export the rest.