In a special issue of 'Agricultural Water Management,' articles have provided insights and recommendations regarding causes and potential solutions to the hunger crisis, now and by the year 2050.
The issue, known as "Investing in Water For Food, Ecosystems and Livelihoods", has been published by Elsevier.
Feeding the world in 2050 will require a substantial increase in food production and notable increases in household incomes in most developing countries.
Based on work completed in 2007, as part of the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, the articles in this special issue provide an updated perspective on the investments and interventions needed to improve both irrigated and rainfed agriculture, and to achieve global food security goals.
Furthermore, the authors shed light on the challenges and opportunities we must seize without delay, if we are to feed the world successfully by 2050 and beyond.
The researchers, addressing both supply and demand issues, warn that reducing the number of hungry and undernourished people in the world will not be easy, given that most of the additional births each year occur in developing countries.
According to Guest Editors David Molden and Charlotte de Fraiture, both from the International Water Management Institute, "We cannot think of a more pressing question or a more challenging issue in our time. Even if we solve the climate change issue tomorrow, we will still need sufficient food and fiber to support 9 billion people in 2050."
"To do this, we must manage land and water resources with great care and we must make wise investments and policy choices from today onward, with little room for making mistakes," they added.