Marc Schober is the editor of Farmland Forecast an educational blog devoted to investments in agriculture and farmland.
1 billion people are malnourished across the globe
Oct 19, 2009
Poor countries are requiring more foreign food aid than ever before. The current amount needed is five times what these countries presently receive. The long term solution to world hunger is investments in agriculture, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.
The number of people who are malnourished rose in 2008 and 2009, after a long decline. The number of malnourished people has recently passed 1 billion, according to the UN.
Otive Igbuzor, the head of international campaigns for ActionAid International said, "We know a child dies every six seconds of malnutrition."
Nine years ago, nations pledged to cut world hunger in half by 2015. Today it doesn’t look like that goal will be reached. The answer lies in investing in agriculture. Agricultural updates are needed in underdeveloped countries through new machinery and teaching of the latest farming practices. In order to feed the projected 2050 world population of 9.1 billion, global food output must increase by 70%.
Technology can account for some of this increase of food output, but the UN is calling for investments in agriculture for underdeveloped countries. Jacques Diouf, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said, "In the fight against hunger the focus should be on increasing food production. It's common sense ... that agriculture would be given the priority, but the opposite has happened."
While there is a heavy burden on teaching modern agriculture practices to underdeveloped countries as well as providing up to date machinery, farmland values will increase. As the global population increases, food output will have a very hard time trying to sustain. The result will be a steep increase in the demand of farmland, because farmland is essential for growing food.
Technology has consistently increased crop yields, but to increase yields by 70% by 2050 will be nearly impossible. Not to mention, the American Farmland Trust estimates that farmland is being lost at an alarming rate of 2 acres per minute in the US alone. Meanwhile, the world population is growing at a rate of 154 people per minute according to the Salon Media Group.
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