Challenges for agriculture
- Wegner, L., G. Zwart. 2011. Who Will Feed the World? The production challenge. Oxfam Research Report.
It is estimated that feeding 8.2 billion people – an additional 1.4 billion – in 2030 would require raising overall food production by some 50 per cent between 2005/07 and 2030. How can that be done is the question the report is focusing on.
- Foresight. 2011. The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability. Final Project Report. The Government Office for Science, London.
In view of the current failings in the food system and the considerable challenges ahead, this report argues for decisive action that needs to take place now.
- The Economist. 2011. The 9 billion-people question. A special report on feeding the world.
The world’s population will grown from almost 7 billion now to over 9 billion in 2050. This report asks if there will be enough food to go round.
- Food and Agriculture Organization. 2009. How to feed the world in 2050?
In June 2009, FAO convened a three-day Meeting of Experts in Rome to address question on investments, resources, technologies and services in agriculture; what needs to be done to help agriculture meet its challenges; and to ensure food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. This report takes major findings of that meeting into account.
- United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development. 1987. Our Common Future.
This document outlines prospects of economic growth based on policies that sustain and expand the environmental resource base to ensure both sustainable human progress and human survival. The report laid the groundwork for the 1992 Earth Summit and the adoption of Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration and the establishment of the Commission on Sustainable Development.
- United Nations Human Rights Council. 2010. Report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Olivier de Schutter.
The report argues that the scaling up of these experiences is the main challenge today. Appropriate public policies can create an enabling environment for such sustainable modes of production. The report summarizes a number of policy implications.