Imagine all the food mankind has produced over the past 8,000 years. Now consider that we need to produce that same amount again — but in just the next 40 years if we are to feed our growing and hungry world.
World food production needs to double in the next 35 years, with 50% less use of land and natural resources.
Land degradation and conversion of cropland for non-food production could reduce the available cropland by 8–20% by 2050. Species infestations of pathogens, weeds and insects, combined with water scarcity, soil erosion and depletion as well as climate change may reduce current yields by at least an additional 5–25% by 2050.