Global Scans · Zero Hunger · Weekly Summary

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

  • [New] Wheat contributes 20% of calories and protein to the human diet, and scientists and breeders need to find ways to increase grain yields of wheat by between 60-70 per cent by 2050 to maintain food security for the growing global population. ScienceDaily
  • [New] Occasional heat waves have always been an aspect of summer weather in many areas of the world; but as climate change makes heat waves more frequent and more intense, the consequent risks for the agriculture sector need to be rethought strategically. PubMed Central (PMC)
  • [New] The changing climate, extremity, and variability of weather, have exacerbated the vulnerability of agriculture, water resources, food security, and livelihood and threaten global food baskets. SpringerLink
  • [New] Oft-cited estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations state that feeding 9.1 billion people in 2050 will require raising food production by 70%; production in the developing countries would need to almost double. AgFunderNews
  • [New] If the world went vegan, it could save 8 million human lives per year by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by two-thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoid climate damages of $1.5 trillion. The Vegan Society
  • [New] Artificial intelligence in agriculture is expected to increase dramatically food waste, climate change and other issues lead approximately one billion people to remain hungry and malnourished even though the globe produces enough food to feed everyone. Daily Pioneer
  • [New] Back in 2020, Japan announced its ambitions to expand food and agricultural exports to the JPY5 tn goal by 2030 and since then the bulk of overseas exports and expansion has been overseen by the MAFF Global Farmers / Fishermen / Foresters / Food Manufacturers Project.
  • [New] Widespread use of sustainable practices in agriculture, and further development of integrated pollinator management strategies, eco-friendly strategies including reduction of pesticide use, will help preserve pollinators. ScienceDaily
  • [New] Latin America is expected to meet part of the growing global demand for food, livestock and timber, which risks exacerbating environmental degradation linked to inadequate land management practices associated with the expansion of large-scale agriculture. ReliefWeb
  • [New] The use of advanced technologies and sustainable practices will be critical in meeting the nutritional needs of a growing global population without exacerbating environmental impacts. Business Matters
  • [New] The application of gene editing (GE) technology to create precise changes to the genome of bird species will provide new and exciting opportunities for the biomedical, agricultural and biotechnology industries, as well as providing new approaches for producing research models. PubMed Central (PMC)
  • [New] UK food security is dependent on the UK's management of risks to animal and plant health (biosecurity) given some animal and plant diseases can cause significant production losses. GOV.UK
  • [New] The Philippines Department of Agriculture has a vision: to become the first country to allow the commercial production of golden rice, a 20-year-old genetically modified crop that could prevent hundreds of thousands of cases of childhood blindness around the world. The Washington Post
  • [New] Investment in agri-tech might have stalled last year, but it will be a growing area critical to global food security and sustainability. Real Assets
  • [New] Global agriculture faces challenges due to climate change and population growth, which threatens food security. Insider Monkey
  • [New] While the overall picture of hunger in the USA has improved in recent decades, climate change is emerging as a significant threat, jeopardizing food security and pushing more towards food insecurity. Safecastle
  • [New] The way the world is going - with more frequent conflicts and the worsening impact of climate change on food security and public health - we can be certain that growing numbers of people will need to be fed and sheltered. ReliefWeb
  • [New] The danger to the world's climate conditions has triggered anxiety among everyone because crop yield might be compromised by fluctuations in various environmental factors that can risk food security. PubMed Central (PMC)
  • [New] To better protect people globally from the devastating effects of climate change on health, solutions that draw across climate, health, and agricultural science will be needed. ReliefWeb
  • [New] Despite the current macroeconomic challenges, there are significant opportunities for U.S. companies in energy, mining, health, agriculture, information technology, and safety & security, among others. International Trade Administration |
  • [New] Africa needs investments to harness the potential of its natural resources, to train and upskill its dynamic youth, to develop sustainable and climate smart infrastructure, and to meet basic needs, particularly in health, education, and food security. GAC
  • [New] The combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war, and energy shortages threaten food security for over 25 million Nigerians. Daily Post Nigeria

Last updated: 27 May 2024

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