03.12.2009 16:30

FAO POLICY BRIEF - Harvesting agriculture’s multiple benefits: Mitigation, Adaptation, Development and Food Security

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03.12.2009 16:30

Today 1 billion people, out of a world population of 6.5 billion, live in chronic hunger. Every six seconds a child dies from hunger. The future demands placed on agriculture will be no less daunting: feeding a population that is estimated to number 9.1 billion in 2050 (FAO projects that a 70 percent increase in food production will be needed); providing income, employment and economic growth in many developing countries, most Least Developed Countries, and livelihoods for 75 percent of the poor. Agriculture is expected to achieve this without degrading or depleting natural resources and with only very limited support from research and extension systems, weakened from decades of declining investment in the sector.

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