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What are the Global Challenges Facing Farmers?

21 July 2017
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Everyone knows that farmers provide us with a constant supply of safe, healthy and affordable food but most people are unaware of the global challenges facing agriculture. There are three challenges that come up at nearly every debate worldwide. The first challenge is to produce enough raw materials to satisfy the increasing and diversifying demands of a growing world population. The second challenge is for farmers to preserve the natural resources and protect its biodiversity. The final challenge is to be as productive and efficient as possible to alleviate the first two challenges. 

FARMERS NEED TO PRODUCE MORE

The world’s population is expected to grow by more than a third between 2009 and 2050. Projections show that to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050 will require raising overall food production by 70% between 2005 and 2050. That’s a great challenge especially considering the second challenge that farmers are faced with.

FARMERS NEED TO PRESERVE NATURAL RESOURCES AND PROTECT ITS BIODIVERSITY

Farmers are required to preserve natural resources such as land, water and biodiversity. With agriculture being one of the major contributors to the destruction of natural habitats farmers are expected to protect and restore the quality of existing farmland. This is where issues such as pesticide usage need to be considered. Pesticides are produced to protect crops because losses for certain crops can exceed 80% of potential yield. While they protect the crops, insecticides also impact non-targeted species that are exposed to it unintentionally. The preservation of crops is essential to meet the projected increase in demand for produce, while pesticides need to be used as efficiently as possible to preserve crops and its natural habitat as much as possible.

FARMERS NEED TO BE AS PRODUCTIVE & EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE

High productivity and efficient resource management will allow more produce to meet the increasing demand and it should ensure more biodiversity and natural habitat preservation. Efficient production technologies are therefore important to close yield gaps but these technologies must ensure that it's sustaining the environment simultaneously.

AGRI EC

Our vision is to develop and grow agricultural business interests, influence government policy formulation and provide value-added services to our farming members. We believe that for agriculture to be sustainable, it must be efficient, productive and contribute to a resilient natural environment. We, therefore, provide farmers with the appropriate tools and knowledge of best management practices to sustain agriculture efficiently.