UK-government study urges action on global hunger
Jan 24, 2011
A government-commissioned study in the United Kingdom has concluded that the current system of food security in many impoverished countries is unsustainable and must be redesigned. The Foresight Report on Food and Farming Futures warns of a perfect storm of growing population, climate change and dwindling food supply, according to the BBC.
"We know that the world is getting more prosperous and that the demand for basic commodities - food, water and energy - will be rising as that prosperity increases, increasing at the same time as the population," Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's chief scientific adviser, told the news source.
The report is the collective work of over 400 experts in 35 countries who have studied farming yields, water supply and sustainability to inform their conclusions. The study suggests that providing agricultural incentives that address malnutrition and creating a sustainable food supply is essential to support the world's burgeoning population.
"We know in the next 20 years the world population will increase to something like 8.3 billion people," Beddington told the news source.
According to the U.N.'s World Food Programme, 98 percent of the world's hungry live in developing countries.