Enough food to feed the world

Agriculture is capable of providing sustenance for up to 10 billion people. However, certain parts of the world must first become more efficient; this is especially true of emerging and developing countries. K+S is involved in various global agricultural aid projects, contributing expert know-how, application consulting, and equipment.

By 2050, the world’s population will have grown from its current level of 7.2 billion to 10 billion. But not only will there be more mouths to feed, the amount of food consumed by an individual will also increase. Almost all developing countries are seeing an increase in demand for meat and dairy products in particular. It is predicted that by 2050 half of the world’s grain harvest will be used for animal fodder. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that by 2050 global demand for foodstuffs and fodder will have increased by 70 percent.

 

K+S drives and supports projects all over the world

 

The majority of those who go hungry live in rural areas that are afflicted by chronic poverty and that hardly ever appear on the international radar screen, places such as India, Pakistan, and sub-Saharan Africa. There is a shortage of expertise, technical conditions, infrastructure and rural services. Land and water, the most important prerequisites for agricultural activity, are often used in a far from professional manner. In consequence, sources of water are depleted and soils erode and lose their ability to support crops.

In these less developed regions it is especially important to convey the technical fundamentals of agronomy and crop science and step up the transfer of skills and expertise. Cooperation with partners in the fields of science, politics, business, and, of course, agriculture is often the key to success, as K+S has learned from its experiences.

Two examples: With the “Growth for Uganda” project K+S trained several thousand smallholders since 2013 in the east African country. This has both increased the security of smallholder’s own food supply and enabled them to feed others and engage in commerce. And with the “UNNAT KRISHI” project in India K+S help female farmers from ten villages to help themselves – with seeds and fertilizer.

 

Further information

Website K+S KALI GmbH

Website Future Food Forum

 

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