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Food Institute Examines Agricultural Technologies

FarmClimate change, population, and income growth will drive food demand in the coming decades as the world’s population may reach 9 billion by 2050.

Food prices for corn, rice, and wheat would significantly increase between 2005 and 2050, and the number of people at risk of hunger in the developing world would grow from 881 million in 2005 to more than a billion people by 2050.

Food Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Technologies, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, examines which current and potential strategies offer solutions to fight hunger.

The authors use an approach that combines comprehensive process-based modeling of agricultural technologies with sophisticated global food demand, supply, and trade modeling. This approach assesses the yield and food impact through 2050 of a broad range of agricultural technologies under varying assumptions of climate change for the three key staple crops: maize, rice, and wheat.

The book is aimed at policymaker, researchers, development banks and the private sector. It provides guidance on various technology strategies and which to pursue as competition grows for land, water, and energy across productive sectors and even increasingly across borders.


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