It’s estimated the population will exceed 9.3 billion by 2050, requiring a projected 70 percent increase in food production to meet expected needs (Fig. 1).
How will we meet these increased demands?
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has projected that, globally, 90 percent of the required growth in food production will need to be achieved by increasing crop yields and cropping intensity. Accounting for much of this percentage, crop yields will need to increase substantially to meet growing global needs.
Policymakers, growers, non-profits and industry today devote an enormous amount of time planning and innovating new ways to improve crop yields so that we will be able to meet those future food needs.
An Increasing Population Means an Increasing Need for Food and Resources