Feeding the Future: Technology for a Hunger-free World
From the poorest nations of the world to the poorest areas of the world’s richest countries, there are people who go hungry. In fact, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, there are an estimated 795 million people suffering from chronic undernourishment. That represents a harrowing 13% or nearly one in eight people in developing countries. While this is an improvement over the last two decades, despite continued population growth, our planet will soon have 9 billion mouths to feed. The bulk of this demographic growth will be happening in Sub-Saharan Africa, in areas where agrarian output is far from adequate to satisfy local consumption. In addition to a growing demand for food – which by extension, will put a greater strain on our environment – those who cannot afford to buy enough food can also not afford the farming supplies they need to grow it on their own.
Join Economist editors at Feeding the Future: Technology for a Hunger-free World to discuss the opportunities and obstacles to food production, and the ways technology can be used to nourish the world.