Thursday, December 22, 2011

How to ensure food security sustainably

The past 50 years has experienced an upward trend in food production; but in most cases these achievements have come at the expense of degraded land and water systems. Now, a FAO report states that land and water scarcity and degradation are a growing threat to global food security. Extensive degradation and increased scarcity of natural resources have placed global food production systems at risk, posing a growing challenge to the task of feeding the world population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 as per the new FAO report.
As we seek solutions to the food crisis and try to involve the youth resolving the impending crisis which has been exacerbated by economic challenges, there is need for sustainable intensification, improving efficiency of water use; innovative farming practices, increasing investment in agricultural development and modernization of national policies and institutions and embracing environmental conservation amidst farming.

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