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World Needs To Significantly Increase Food Production To Feed 2050 Population, Report Says

“The world will need 70 percent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The report, titled ‘World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future,’ finds that boosting crop and livestock productivity on existing agricultural land is critical to saving forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the news service states, adding, “The report also recommends achieving replacement-level fertility, a rate it says most of the world is nearing by educating girls, reducing child mortality and providing access to reproductive health services” (12/3). The report was produced by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank, according to a WRI press release (.pdf), which notes the report was released at the 3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change, in Johannesburg, South Africa (12/3).