By 2050, global demand for food could increase by 60%.
We need to find solutions that consider the complex relationship between
climate change, agriculture, food security, energy and water.

The Challenge

According to UN projections, the world’s population could reach 9.15 billion by 2050, creating a 60 percent increase in demand for food. Add to this that crops may also be used increasingly for bio-energy and other industrial purposes.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that global warming will reduce agricultural yield by 2 percent per decade.

Also consider that today roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted.

To meet tomorrow’s needs, we are clearly going to have to learn to feed more people with less land in more sustainable ways and to provide people world-wide with access to high quality, fresh and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Source: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO)

Where Science Can Help

Science is developing a variety of solutions that is helping to address universal food security. These include technologies to:

  • Maximize food production in limited space. Currently, 66 countries are not able to be self-sufficient due to water and/or land constraints.
  • Increase the availability of healthy food. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 12.5% of the world’s population (or 868 million people) is undernourished in terms of energy intake, and 3.4 million people die each year due to overweight and obesity.
  • Reduce food waste throughout the value chain. A recent FAO report estimates that roughly one-third of food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted.
  • Advances in crop protection chemistry, formulations and traits have led to better sustainability for growers worldwide.

Dow's Solutions At Work

Dow products and technologies are addressing the challenge.