Working with farmers around the world to create a more sustainable, food-secure future
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What is the state of the world's forests?
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Forests are crucial to life on the planet. But the amount of intact forest on the planet today is a fraction of what it could be – highlighting the urgent need to protect forests. According to analysis by World Resources Institute (WRI), about 7.5 billion hectares have the right soil and climate for forests to grow, roughly half the land area on earth. See how they categorize the land suitable for forests.
The past, present and future of food security
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The global food system has always been changing. These four charts explain how we got to where we are today, and the trends impacting how we will feed the more than 9 billion people on the planet by 2050. While meeting the challenges of the future might seem daunting, these charts demonstrate some of the reasons why we are optimistic. See the four charts.
Global food production: A 40-year success story
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Meeting the challenge of feeding 9 billion by 2050 may seem daunting. Experts think we will need to produce 30 to 70 percent more food than we do today. But it’s important to remember that we’ve already accomplished this feat once in the recent past. Learn more about this trend.
Rising incomes and changing food demand
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It’s true that the global population is projected to rise above 9 billion by 2050. But an increase in the total number of people isn’t the only reason we will have to produce more food. Billions of people also will move into the global middle class, changing what they eat along the way. Learn more about this trend.
Lower food costs mean higher standards of living
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In most countries, food costs as a percentage of total household expenses has declined significantly in recent decades. This includes developing nations, where food has traditionally made up a much higher portion of a family’s living costs. If poverty is the major remaining cause of hunger in the world today, this trend is very encouraging. Learn more.
The rise of Africa, the continent of youth
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How young is Africa? The implications of Africa’s age demographics are numerous, and likely will have a significant impact on the world economy and global food security in the decades to come. The U.N. estimates that 17 million youth in Sub-Saharan Africa enter the job market every year. Many of these young workers are moving from rural areas to rapidly growing cities in pursuit of better livelihoods, giving the region an urbanization rate that is twice the world average. More about Africa's youth and food security.
U.S. corn yields: A history of innovation
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How do you produce more food from the same amount of land? Crop yield increases are driven by improved genetic potential of the seed, as well as better availability of nutrients and water to capitalize on that potential. As the world’s population continues to expand in the decades to come, the story of U.S. corn is a testament to the importance of scientific innovation in growing more food without bringing significantly more land into production. More about the innovations behind U.S. corn yields.
GDP growth: A tale of two worlds
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Even as the world produces enough calories for all, millions of people go hungry because they cannot afford to buy food. But there’s reason for optimism. As this chart shows, many developing countries are experiencing rapid economic growth, and as these economies expand, productivity, living standards and incomes rise. This means many people in the lowest income brackets worldwide will have greater purchasing power to buy food as they cross out of poverty and into the global middle class. More about GDP growth...
World trends in daily calorie consumption
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How has food security changed in the modern era? Although caloric intake isn’t the only measure of a healthy diet, it does provide a good picture of a person’s access to food. Until the last 200 to 300 years, people struggled to secure adequate calories year-round, with the majority of the world’s population focusing much of their activity on simply trying to get enough food day to day.
As this chart demonstrates, the world as a whole has made great strides during the past 50 years; global daily caloric intake per capita has risen 27 percent in that timeframe. More about world food trends...
Expertise that food banks can bank on
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In the European Union, some 55 million people are living in a situation of severe material deprivation. At the same time, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that almost a third of the world’s consumable food is wasted every year.* Clearly Food banks in Europe have their work cut out for them.
The European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA), which represents 256 food banks in 21 countries across Europe, acknowledged that the level of expertise and know-how varied throughout their network. How could they help the food banks become more professional and process-driven to cope with the increasing demand on their service? They called on Cargill for help.
Reducing deforestation in Brazil
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Cargill and The Nature Conservancy’s partnership demonstrates that critical areas of biodiversity can be protected while responsible agricultural production continues. Since it opened in 2003, Cargill’s grain terminal at Santarém in the Brazilian state of Pará has improved the ability of the region’s soy producers to access export markets. But assurances were needed that soy being sourced from Brazil did not come from lands that had been deforested, particularly in high conservation value lands in the Amazon biome.
Food security and world trade policy: How they are linked
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Free trade is critically important to addressing food insecurity. Global food security is possible when food can move freely from areas of surplus to areas of demand. The world will raise the most food the most economically and in the most environmentally responsible way when farmers plant the right crops for their local climate and soils using the right technology, then trade with others for the benefit of all. By encouraging free trade in a fair, rigorously enforced system, governments can help ensure that world food production thrives and that food surpluses reach areas of food deficit.
Global poverty, not food availability, remains greatest barrier to food security
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Approximately one in seven people around the world today are undernourished for at least part of every year. While the world’s farmers produce enough calories to feed everyone on earth, access to food is uneven. The principal cause is extreme poverty. There are reasons to be optimistic about global food security: incomes are improving, even among the most impoverished, and global food production is increasing thanks primarily to yield improvements and farmers’ response to increased demand.
CARE tackles global poverty and helps smallholder farmers improve food security
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CARE and Cargill are working together to fight global poverty and hunger. Since 2008, more than 100,000 people in rural areas have benefitted from this partnership. Smallholder farmers receive training that helps them grow more crops and make more money, increasing food security and enabling them to send their children to school. The program has helped refurbish schools, buy supplies and provide nutritious meals. Learn more about the Cargill and CARE partnership and the Rural Development Initiative.