Where Do We Go From Here

The world has the technology — either already available or well advanced in the research pipeline — to feed a population of 10 billion people. Fifty-percent increases in average global crop yields over the next 20 years are achievable, and in environmentally sustainable ways. The more pertinent question is whether governments and civil society will permit and encourage farmers and ranchers to employ new science and technology to expand world food production, and whether, in the case of the low-income, food-deficit nations, the large complementary investments in rural infrastructure — roads, power, and water resources — and education and health will be made to support dynamic smallholder commercial agricultural systems.

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