We all need more food. The world population continues to grow. At the same time, however, we devote less land to agriculture as we create mega cities and urban sprawl.
The only solution is increased agricultural productivity.
However, an annual report from Virginia Tech University in the US shows agriculture is behind the pace of meeting the productivity needs of 2050. The report suggests that human-caused climate change has slowed global agricultural productivity growth by 21 percent since 1961. As food producers battle to cope with the effects of climate change, productivity falls.
This is a recipe for disaster -not just for poorer nations, but for all of us. It will have all sorts of ramifications – some we can predict, others we cannot.
We have to face this as a global community.