The world is on a path to need almost 70 percent more crops in 2050 than those it produced in 2006. To close that crop gap without large price increases or clearing more valuable forests and savannas, yields are going to have to grow 33 percent more in the next 44 years than they did in the last 44.
So how can the world sustainably secure more food? Use advances in molecular biology to renew the commitment to breeding better crops.
Governments, civil society, and donors are working to strengthen community forest rights in many countries.