Harvest 2050 Blog

What Will it Take to Feed 9 Billion People by 2050?

JUNE 07, 2011

At an event today, the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture, Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century released a report concluding that, in order to feed the anticipated population of 9 billion by 2050, collaboration among governments, NGOs and the private sector will need to be on an unprecedented scale – the challenges of food security are significant, and the time to act is now.

Among the speakers at the DuPont Advisory Committee meeting was J.B. Penn, Chief Economist of Deere and Company. According to Penn, “Closing the food productivity gap will require significant capital investments in developing countries, most of which ultimately must come from the private sector.”

The committee had three primary recommendations which included increasing the rate of food production, making food more accessible and affordable, and maintaining a more economically and environmentally sustainable approach.

“Addressing the food and nutrition needs of a growing population is the defining challenge of this century,” said former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle. “Government, private sector, universities, research institutions, NGOs and farmers must come together with a common purpose.”

Addressing food security challenges may seem daunting to the individual farmer, consumer, NGO, or policymaker, but James C. Borel, DuPont Executive Vice President, summed it up nicely, “Together we can do what no one can do alone.”

DuPont and Deere and Company are founding members of the Global Harvest Initiative.

Read the DuPont Advisory Committee press release: Feeding 9 Billion People by 2050 Requires Unprecedented Collaboration Now, Says DuPont Advisory Committee

Download the full report: DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture, Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century

Related media coverage included an op-ed from former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle: Politico.