A Menu of Solutions to Feed Nearly 10 Billion People by 2050.
The world urgently needs to change the way it produces
and consumes food. In the coming decades,
the global agricultural system must find ways to
meet pressing but sometimes competing needs.
Farmers must provide enough food for a population
that is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people
by 2050. Employing around 2 billion people today,
agriculture must continue to be an engine of inclusive
economic and social development that contributes
to poverty reduction, even as many small
farmers transition into other forms of employment.
At the same time, agriculture must lighten its
environmental footprint. The impacts of agriculture
are large and growing, to the point where they are
already undermining food production through land
degradation, water scarcity, and adverse impacts of