The world’s population is increasing quickly, and it is predicted to grow to almost 10 billion people in 2050. In about thirty 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.
We want to identify options, opportunities and strategies for sustainable and reliable global and local food systems that contribute to healthier diets, create food security and end malnutrition. The key knowledge challenge is to bring together the different perspectives on and assess the trade-offs between sustainable consumption and healthy nutrition, robust supply chains and climate-smart production systems.
Ensuring food security in 2050
A lot needs to be done to address the increase in food demand sustainably. Wageningen University & Research is developing the knowledge and technology to contribute to guaranteeing worldwide food security 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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Food security and the value of water
Providing every world citizen with sufficient and healthy nutrition demands a transition to sustainable food systems. Through the research programme Food security and Valuing water, Wageningen University & Research aims to develop new routes toward a sustainable food supply.