F.T. Davies
By the middle of the 21st century, the world population will increase 30% to more than 9 billion. Food production will need to increase 70% to meet increased demands. The numbers do not add-up how the world can realistically meet the increased demand for food. For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability of land, water, and energy. Food issues could become as politically destabilizing after 2050 as energy issues are today. More efficient technologies and crops will need to be developed to address this challenge — and equally important, better ways of applying these technologies locally for farmers. Simply put: technologies are not reaching enough smallholder farmers. A greater emphasis is needed in high-value, horticultural crops which create jobs and economic opportunities for rural communities, enables more profitable, intensive farming of small tracts of land in urban areas. Better information delivery (extension), reducing high crop losses and improving the value-chain from farm to fork are critical.
Davies, F.T. (2015). OPPORTUNITIES FOR HORTICULTURE TO FEED THE WORLD©. Acta Hortic. 1085, 455-458
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1085.92

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