A recently released report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is stressing the importance of international agricultural investment and calls on major industrialized countries to commit more resources to protecting the global food supply.
Over the past several years, United Nations’ reports on food production and hunger have become increasingly grim. With the global population expected to shoot up to 9 billion over the next fifty years, it is estimated that food production will need to double in order to prevent global famine.
In order to guarantee continued and expanded levels of production, the world will need to invest considerable resources into agricultural production. “A new investment strategy is needed that puts agricultural producers at its centre,” said FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, in a news release on the report.
“The challenge is to focus the investments in areas where they can make a difference,” he added. “This is important to guarantee that investments will result in high economic and social returns and environmental sustainability.”
Heavy investment in agricultural producers, the report shows, is one of the most effective ways to combat hunger and reduce poverty. According to the report, nations that have had the most on-farm investments have had the most successes in reducing hunger and food insecurity.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer