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A New Paradigm for Feeding the World in 2050 The Sustainable Intensification of Crop Production

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Resource Magazine. 22(2): 18-18. @2015
Authors:   Theodor Friedrich
Keywords:   Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Millennium Development Goals, global food production, sustainable intensification, Save and Grow, conservation agriculture (CA)

When the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations was founded in 1945, it was with the objective to fight hunger in the world. Since then, some progress has been made. The first of the Millennium Development Goals—to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world by 2015—appears within reach. At present, hunger along with poverty is more a problem of access to food than of availability. Therefore, hunger is being successfully addressed in many countries by political will and social programs. However, for the expected population of 9.2 billion in 2050, global food production will have to increase by about 70%, a conservative estimate considering the increased demand for animal products and bioenergy and the threats from climate change. Despite this challenge, FAO has revised its overall goal from reducing hunger to eradicating hunger. We can assume that FAO member countries, in accepting this change, are not pursuing an impossible target.

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