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Improving Investments to Combat Hunger and Malnutrition

June 17, 2011

Global demand for major grains, such as maize, rice, and wheat, is projected to increase by nearly 48 percent from 2000-2025 and by 70 percent between 2000 and 2050. This scenario was reported by Mark Rosegrant, director of Environment and Production Technology at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in a talk during the 2011 Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis, Minnesota.

"Climate change, high and volatile food and energy prices, population and income growth, changing diets, and increased urbanization will put intense pressure on land and water and challenge global food security as never before," said Rosegrant. "If agricultural production and policymaking continues down its present course, there could be severe consequences for many poor people in developing countries."

Rosegrant averred that the challenges "underscore the importance of agricultural research, better policies, new technologies, and social investments to feeding the world's burgeoning population while protecting critical natural resources."

Check out for the IFPRI article.