The discussions suggests,that politics plays a key role in promoting new more climate resistant crops could allows to slower the trend of decreasing staple food production. Also land grabbing and speculation on food could play a key role in high staple food price and should be regulated to reverse the trend.
Have a look at this interesting program, that includes an interview from my former colleague at ILRI!
Aljazeera summarize as follows the main facts about global food security :
- According to a UN commissioned report, by 2050, the crop yields of wheat could fall by 13 per cent and rice by 15 per cent
- Scientists say yam, barley, millet and lentils may become new staples as these crops can withstand harsh weather conditions
- Scientists say adopting new crops could be a cultural challenge
- Agricultural systems will struggle to feed nine to10 billion people by 2050
- The report predicts that the cost of feeding livestock will become more expensive
- Climate change could also affect the intensity of crop pests and diseases
- Scientists are trying to develop heat and drought resistant crops
- The report calls for global investment in more sustainable agriculture and recommends allocating more funding for agricultural research