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The world is projected to hold 9.6 billion people by 2050. Sustainably feeding this exploding population requires meeting three great needs simultaneously.

According to WRI research, the world will have to close a gap of nearly 70 percent between the amount of food available today and that required by 2050. It must reduce agriculture’s impact on climate, ecosystems, and water. And it needs to ensure that agriculture supports inclusive economic and social development.

WRI works to meet these three needs. We develop analyses, partnerships, and strategies to secure a sustainable food future.

WRI’s World Resources Report project develops solutions to the world’s food production and consumption problems. We identify ways to reduce food loss and waste. We analyze strategies to sustainably increase food production, such as restoring degraded lands back into productivity, increasing pastureland yields, and improving land and water management. And we advance methods to reduce food production’s impact on the environment, such as climate-smart agriculture.

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Tjokorda Nirarta "Koni" Samadhi

Country Director, Indonesia

Prior to joining WRI, Koni worked as Deputy Minister Head of Indonesia’s President Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) for 5 years. While in this position, Koni played...

Globalizing Sustainable Development

Between now and September 2015, when heads of state will gather for the UN General Assembly, we have a historic chance to set the world on a more sustainable path that will eradicate poverty and enhance prosperity for all.

Over the coming months, however, leaders must work together to set the world on the right course to realize this vision.

Aaryaman Arjun Singhal

Food Intern

Aaryaman is an intern in WRI’s Food, Forests, and Water Program. He supports the World Resources Report by researching, editing, and fact checking for the publication and associated interim...

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