Issues and challenges
The problem of food security is still before us
Soaring agricultural prices in 2007-2008, marked by the hunger riots, then the economic crisis, took a heavy toll on the world food situation. With 925 million hungry people in the world in 2010, we are moving further away from the ﬁrst of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015 appears out of reach. Demographic changes (9 billion inhabitants in 2050) and climate change make it very uncertain whether the world will be able to feed its people. Agricultural prices remain extremely unstable and there has never been so much competition for access to agricultural land resources.
Updated in December 2010