Nigel Akkara

Family Farmers Say Global Food Security At Risk

Family farmers are concerned about food security due to global warming, climate change, and trade wars.

They are the backbone of food security in developing countries. Farmers work the land and decide how to grow food, treat animals, and sell their produce.

The threat of a food crisis is growing, not lessening. A hundred billion people on earth depend on bioenergy production for survival but by 2050, nine billion will live on the planet. Millions more will require additional food to meet their needs. Climate change will limit access to fertile farmlands, weaken resilience against sudden shocks, such as weather events, and even have far-reaching effects on the biosphere itself.

The world’s population is growing and the natural resources to feed it are in short supply. It is estimated that it would take only 3% more food to meet the nutritional needs of an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, according to the United Nations (UN).

Family farmers across the globe are facing a dire food crisis. Inadequate temperatures, growing demand for energy and water, population growth, and climate change are threatening their ability to raise crops. Many farmers are forced to abandon their fields or move to other countries where there is less competition.

Climate change, conflict and disasters, extreme weather phenomena, and declining crop yields are putting world food security at risk.

Family farmers’ group Family Farming Australia today expressed deep concern over the rapidly increasing rate of land clearing across the country, in light of this week’s release of new data showing rampant deforestation in significant parts of the catchment.

The cost of production isn’t the only reason why world food prices are on the rise. Many factors, like climate change and pests, may be taking farmers around the world by surprise.

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