Food Scarcity:An inefficient food system may not provide for ten billion people
According to the World Bank the world needs to produce at least 50% more food by 2050, in order to feed a global population which will be boosted to 9 billion people. But climate change could cut crop yields by more than 25%. Unless we change how food is produced and manage our resources, food security will be at risk especially for the world’s poorest.
Features and benefits
Learn how the world food pricing system works and what factors are causing it to fluctuate so wildly.
Agriculture and biotech firms make big promises about how to increase yields and feed the world, access how likely these are to be correct.
Looks at how much land we devote to farming currently and how much will be needed to feed a population of 10 billion people.
Examines whether there are any places in the world where agricultural systems could be developed to help alleviate the pressure.
Learn which of the worlds staple foodstuff are most at risk.
In some places in the world access to nourishing food is rather limited, it is plausible to suggest that the world population is too high for the planet’s resources. But when we factor in the growth the world population is due to make within the next forty years, it becomes very difficult to see how agriculture systems will provide enough food.
Climate change is becoming reality, whatever the root cause. Rising sea levels and temperature increases are having an effect on our crop production. This is an exacerbating factor in the overall picture of how to secure and produce more food in worsening environmental conditions.
Already close to one billion people, or one in seven people on the planet, lack access to safe drinking water. With some areas of the world affected much more than others a rapid population rise could cause enormous problems for crop irrigation and securing clean drinking water.
Your key questions answered
Why is food scarcity such a major concern for the next few decades?
Why are food prices so unstable and why is so much food wasted when some countries are malnourished?
What affect do food shortages have on a populace and who suffers most?
Is climate change having an affect on crop yields, or is this still just theory?
What major technological areas will need development in order to try to protect the world's food supply?