Washington, July 7 (ANI): Farmers across the globe must increase food production by up to100 percent by 2050 to meet growing demands, a United Nations report has said.
The UN's annual World Economic and Social Survey report has also revealed 'the world now needs a truly green revolution in agriculture.'
The current farming practices degrade the environment and contribute to global warming, which in turn reduces food production. The global food system is environmentally destructive and requires 'radical' changes if it is to meet rising food demands, the report said.
"There have been decades of under investment by the public sector. Agricultural investment has to be revived in order to meet the demands of food production," Manuel Montes, a UN economist and one of the survey authors was quoted as saying by Christian Science Monitor.
The goal should be to provide small farmers with the skills and resources needed to increase food production without harming the environment, the report said.
Governments have done little to support the world's 1.5 billion small farmers, who dominate agriculture in developing nations.
"Small farm holders are at the heart of the food security challenge. It is at this level that most gains in terms of both sustainable productivity increases and rural poverty reduction can be achieved," the report said.
About 925 million people are undernourished across the world with the vast majority living in developing countries. (ANI)
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