70% hike in food yield needed to feed 9 B people by 2050 — UN
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated in a 2009 study of the need to increase production by 70 percent to feed 9 billion world population by 2050, but the proposed concept of food production is under challenged.
Multisectoral groups have called for the all-embracing concept of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to achieve food security, reduce poverty and safeguard and restore ecological systems, according to a Business Mirror story.
The UN defines CSA as agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, enhances resilience adaptation, reduce/removes greenhouse gases, where possible, and enhance the achievement of national food security and development goals.
But there have been opposition to CSA with some groups blasting it as a mere agro-industry project that will actually worsen climate change by failing to address such issues as governance, land uses and agricultural research.
At the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Deputy Director General for communication and partnerships Dr. Bruce Tolentino said that CSA to them refers to the rice varieties developed that better tolerate drought, salinity, heat and flooding, and the tools that enable farmers to save water, reduce carbon emissions and plant on less-favorable soils.