Where will we find food for 9 billion people? Why food research is crucial for feeding the world
17 september 2015
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According to FAO, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, with global population reaching 9 billion by 2050 world food production will need to rise by 70%, while in the developing world food production will need to double.
Food research has already been one of the keys to increasing food production over the past half century. But its role, together with the one of technology, will become more and more crucial in the coming decades, when the need to rise production will clash with shrinking pro capita arable land, water supply and natural resources.
That’s why the World Food Research and Innovation Forum will open, on September 22, with a session dedicated to food research and innovation: the World Food Research and Technology Forum. This session will bring together the food industry with the most important actors on the global scene: the European Federation of Food Science & Technology – EFFoST, the World Food Center of the University of California, Davis, the Wageningen University and Research Centre (Netherlands), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – UNIDO and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – EMBRAPA.
Together, they will give their contribution to meet the tough challenge of feeding the planet. The key is to find a way to meet the rising demand for food and, at the same time, making sure to protect and enhance the natural resource base on which agriculture depends.
The Forum will offer the unique opportunity of sharing knowledge, best practices and lessons learned from research and innovation partnership initiatives in the rural and agri-food sectors on a global scale. How to increase local production yields, how to adopt high-yielding cultivars, how to implement sustainable preservation processes, how to minimise losses and food waste, how to exploit by-products and much more.
A practical approach which aim is finding a balance between producing more food and sustaining the planet for future generations. A challenge that can be met only designing new global strategies for the agri-food sector, a process made possible by research and technology.