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Posted September 25, 2009
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Agriculture

World Will Need 70 Percent More Food In 2050: FAO.

"World food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050, to nourish a human population then likely to be 9.1 billion, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecast Wednesday. 'FAO is cautiously optimistic about the world's potential to feed itself by 2050,' said FAO Assistant Director-General Hafez Ghanem. However, he stressed that feeding everyone in the world by then 'will not be automatic and several significant challenges have to be met.'..." [Agence France Presse/Factiva]

Reuters adds that "...global cereals demand for food and animal feed is expected to rise to 3 billion tons by 2050 and more demand may come from the biofuels industry, the FAO said in a statement. Annual cereals output would have to grow by almost one billion tons from about 2.1 billion tons at present to meet the projected food and feed demand by 2050, the agency said. Meat output should increase by more than 200 million tons to reach 470 million tons in 2050, the Rome-based FAO said...." [Reuters/Factiva]

ANSA writes that "...the FAO warned that failing to significantly boost food production would condemn 5 percent of the global population - amounting to 370 million people - to starvation.... The FAO said that while there are still 'sufficient land resources to feed the world's population', much of them are compromised by 'physical and chemical constraints, endemic disease and lack of infrastructure', which must be overcome for the world to feed itself. Just as fundamental, according to the FAO, are efficient use of fresh water resources which, while presently sufficient are unevenly distributed and vulnerable to the effects of climate change...." [ANSA (Italy)/Factiva]

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