In Order To Meet Population Demands For Food, Farmers Must Find Ways To Double Productivity

“How and where we will we feed everyone has become one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century,” Jason Clay, senior vice president of market transformation for the World Wildlife Fund, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog as part of a series marking the occasion of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. “Farmers will need to produce twice as much food as they do now to meet population demands,” he states and asks, “Where will this food come from?” He continues, “We need to freeze the footprint of food — find ways to double the productivity of farming, so that we can produce twice as much food and fiber on the same amount of land.” Clay continues, “At WWF, we have identified eight steps, when taken together, could produce enough food for all and still maintain a living planet,” and he notes the steps include eliminating waste in the food chain, harnessing technology to advance plant breeding, sharing better practices more quickly, using less to produce more, rehabilitating degraded land, establishing greater property rights, balancing the disparity between under and over consumption, and restoring soil carbon. He expands on each point (5/16).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270 | Email Alerts: | |

The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.