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How will we feed 9 billion people?

The world’s population is increasing quickly, and it is predicted to grow to 9 billion people in 2050. In less than forty years the earth will gain 2 billion extra inhabitants who will also have to live, work and eat. Fortunately, our prosperity is also predicted to increase, which means that diets will be subject to change.

Feeding the world in 2050

A lot needs to be done to address the increase in food demand sustainably: Wageningen UR is developing the knowledge and technology to contribute to guaranteeing worldwide food safety sustainably under the motto ‘two times more with two times less’. Attaining this will be a difficult feat, especially if you consider that the amount of farmland will not increase. In fact, it is likely that climate change and population growth will decrease the amount of available farmland whilst water, phosphate and fuel become scarcer.  

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