10.28.2016

Food Demand is Rising Faster than the World's Population

Food Demand is Rising Faster than the World’s Population

The global population is surging. There are currently 7.3 billion people and this number is expected to grow to almost 10 billion by 2050. All over the world, people are living longer lives. In the coming decades, we will need more food to nourish both today and tomorrow’s families.


The challenge is that the projected food demand does not match the increase in population. There are positive trends that are expected to continue. For example, incomes are rising and there are fewer people living in poverty now. We have made significant progress in reducing hunger and raising the amount of calories that the average person consumes. However, these trends also result in shifting diets and added pressure on the food demand.

These charts would not be so alarming if food production hadn’t slowed down. As we reported earlier, the latest USDA census shows that agricultural production hasn’t grown in the past decade. To get production improving again, we need more agricultural research funded by the US government, previously the largest provider of grants around the world. Today, China funds more agricultural research than the US.

By reinvigorating US federal investments in cutting-edge agricultural research and inspiring our scientists to focus on these challenges, we have the opportunity to create vital scientific advances and solutions so that food production keeps pace with demand.

More Stories from the community

SoAR Foundation: White House Budget Request Takes Significant Steps to Fund Competitive Agricultural Research Grants Program

Contact: Dan Klotz, 301-280-5756 / dklotz@burness.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SoAR Foundation: White House Budget Request Takes Significant Steps to Fund Competitive Agricultural Research Grants Program WASHINGTON, DC (February 10, 2020)—The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation applauds the Trump administration’s budget request of $600 million in FY2021 for the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). If approved by Congress, AFRI’s annual budget would move much closer to the 2008 Farm Bill authorization of $700 million; in FY2020 the program was funded at $425 million.

Read More