The world will be able to feed the predicted 2050 population of nine billion people, according to two French agricultural research organizations. In a joint report published today, they lay out findings gleaned from 2006 to 2008 that could overturn some current assumptions about the state of global farming.
The report, titled Agrimonde, is published by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), both headquartered in Paris. It contains some surprise findings on Africa and other regions — the latest results from an ongoing study by the two research agencies.
Agricultural productivity in Africa doubled between 1961 and 2003 — a finding that overturns most assumptions "and is one of the most surprising results of our work", Patrick Caron, CIRAD's director-general for research and strategy.
Reference: Nature News 12/11. Future of food could be bright
Agrimonde : Agricultures et alimentations du monde en 2050
Introduction et Présentation des resultats d'Agrimonde (débat avec la salle)
Gérard Matheron, directeur général du Cirad
Sandrine Paillard (Inra), Bruno Dorin (Cirad), Sébastien Treyer(AgroParisTech
Tables rondes et échanges avec la salle
Présidée par Patrick Caron (Cirad)