The planet is quantitatively capable of feeding its 7 billion inhabitants, though one billion people suffer from hunger and another 1.4 billion are overweight. This imbalance could even be greater by 2050, when we are expected to reach 9 billion people. Will the earth be able to feed its inhabitants when resources become scarce and climate change strongly threatens global food systems?
This month, Marion Guillou, President of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), and Gérard Matheron, President of the International Cooperative Centre for Agronomical Research for Development (CIRAD), have published The World’s Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People.
Despite dauting food challenges, the book offers an optimistic response: Yes, it is possible to provide quality food to the growing global population. However, in order to achieve this goal all stakeholders – farmers, politicians and ordinary citizens – must take action to affect change in current agricultural and food models.
These changes should include :
- Investment in agriculture to reduce poverty worldwide
- Higher-yield and ecologically-friendly friendly agriculture
- Healthier eating habits
With the book “The World’s Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People”, widely accessible to the general public, Marion Guillou hopes to raise awareness about where we are heading and what we can do.
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