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How can the world feed more than 9 billion people in 2050 in a manner that advances development and reduces pressure on the environment?
Even if all food produced in 2009 were evenly distributed to all people in 2050, the world would still need 974 more calories per person per day.
The United Nations projects that world population will rise from just over 7 billion in 2012 to nearly 9.6 billion by 2050.
We examination the role of four improved land and water management practices and the effect they could have on smallholder crop yields and livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa. We also provide a series of recommendations for how to scale up these practices.
How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? Answering it requires a “great balancing act” of three needs—each of which must be met simultaneously.
About 24 percent of all calories currently produced for human consumption are lost or wasted. We examine the implications of this amount of loss and waste, profiles a number of approaches for reducing it, and puts forth five recommendations for how to move forward on this issue.
How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? This is one of the paramount questions the world faces over the next four decades.
World Resources Report #1, "The Great Balancing Act."
Of the 2.6 billion people who live on less that $2 per day, almost 2 billion live in rural areas, in countries whose economies and people are most dependent on natural resources.
p>Worldwide, the number of people living on less than $1 per day-the international standard for extreme poverty-has dropped from 1.25 billion in 1990 to 986 million in 2004 (the latest year for which