UN: Farm production needs to rise 60%

2012-07-11 11:49

Rome - World farm production must rise 60% by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing population but this has to happen in "a more sustainable way", the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.

This would mean an extra billion tonnes of cereals and an extra 200 million tonnes of meat per year from 2007 levels, FAO and OECD said in a report.

World farm production has grown at an average rate of more than 2% a year over the past few decades but the rate is expected to slow over the next decade to 1.7% a year, the joint report said.

The two organisations said growth in production will come mainly from developing countries but would be less vigorous than in recent years.

Despite the slowdown, production growth is to exceed expected demographic growth, meaning that farming output per inhabitant will continue to grow by 0.7% a year.

The calculations do not however take account of growth in the biofuels sector, with experts estimating that world production of bioethanol and biodiesel will nearly double by 2021.

The FAO and OECD report also warned however that some 25% of farmland in the world was "highly degraded" and said more effort had to be made to encourage sustainable farming and biodiversity.

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  • stille.waters.5 - 2012-07-11 12:12

    Dont Expect SA to help. The farmers here are murdered and killed off out of pure hatred and greed. When the food stops magically appearing in supermarkets, then maybe the "people" will realise the truth

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-11 12:21

      So right on that one. Once the farms here have gone SA gov will resort to what they do best, give me we demand you give us food. It's the african way of life

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-11 13:03

      True. Dream on UN. Unfortunately SA cannot be a part of this constructive drive under the current destructive government. We'll try again in 50 years time when we start rebuilding the country (hopefully).

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-07-11 12:33

    LOL, then bring some security to our farmers and see the increase...

  • jacques.shepperson - 2012-07-11 12:39

    and if climate change throw a spanner, what then?

  • James - 2012-07-11 12:42

    Problem, much of the world breed too fast and cannot pay for the food.

  • joanne.fairbrother - 2012-07-11 12:49

    Just stop animal agriculture and adopt a plant based diet. 1kg of beef uses around 500 times more land than veggies, along with meat and dairy products accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption. "A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change" - United Nations

      jacques.shepperson - 2012-07-11 13:14

      lol, you have no idea! you can farm sheep where no veg will grow... unless we start eating grass and bush leaves!

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