New report offers solutions to close the global food gap

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Creating a sustainable future – Credit: World Agroforesty Centre

New research presents solutions to meet the world's growing food needs, while advancing economic development and environmental sustainability, according to a new report.

The analysis finds that the world will need 70 percent more food, as measured by calories, in order to feed a global population of 9.6 billion people in 2050. It says it is possible to close the food gap, while creating a more productive and healthy environment through improvements in the way people produce and consume food.

The findings are being unveiled in the new interim report of the World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, produced by the World Resources Institute (WRI), UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank. The report is being released at the 3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The report includes recommendations to close the food gap by reducing excessive consumption, such as:  Cutting the rate of food loss and waste in half by 2050 would close 20 percent of the food gap;  Shift diets: by reducing excessive demand for animal products; and achieve replacement level fertility.

Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner says "To bring about the vision of a truly sustainable world, we need to transform the way we produce and consume our natural resources." He adds "The restoration of ecosystems will not only increase the amount of food produced but also improve the state of the environment upon which food production is dependent."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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