If a global population of 9 billion by 2050 is to be fed adequately, more food must be produced and this in keeping with increasingly stringent standards of quality and with respect for the environment. Not to mention the land that must be set aside for the production of energy resources, industrial goods, carbon storage and the protection of biodiversity.
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)|
About the Author
Marion Guillou has been the President of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) since 2004. A graduate of the École Polytechnique, she is an agricultural engineer and holds a doctorate in Food and Nutrition Sciences. Gérard Matheron has been the President of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) since 2010. He is an agronomist and holds a doctorate in Quantitative Genetics.
Table of Contents
1. Setting the stage
Science enters the equation
A closer look at the issue
Why nine billion?
Food for all: two different scenarios
Agrimonde: the results
Lessons learned from the Agrimonde study: change is in order
2. Eat well, eat better
Changes at the root of nutritional imbalances
Getting to the root of profound changes
Over nutrition and health
Taking action: a how to
3. Reducing losses and waste at consumption, distribution and processing levels
The scope of the issue
Losses at different stages and technical solutions currently implemented
Change is in the order
4. Reducing post-harvest losses in developing nations
Harvest-related losses: a reality in developed nations as well
Why post-harvest losses in developing countries matter
The challenge of quantifying post-harvest losses
Despite difficulties in quantifying losses, one thing is clear: post-harvest losses are significant
Post-harvest losses and when they occur
5. Producing other goods
What is biomass?
High expectations for energy
New possibilities for green chemistry
Meeting these new needs by choosing the right biomass
How these prospects change the hunger equation
The world’s challenge. Feeding 9 billion people
6. Managing ecosystem services
Agriculture and ecosystem services
Biodiversity’s key role in ecological regulating services
Using and managing ecosystem services
7. Will there be enough land?
Agricultural land: a look at the current situation
The impact of climate change on agricultural production potential
Non-food uses for biomass: an excessive need for land?
Economic, policy and social factors affecting land use conversion
8. The need to strive for productive yet ecological agriculture
Optimised productivity of arable land
Increased, improved production: a realistic goal?
Intensive, capital-poor agriculture: the case of South-East Asia
Agricultural systems with productivity reserves
Is sub-Saharan agriculture in need of new development?
Thinking and acting globally
9. Feeding the world starts with fighting poverty
The usual suspect: blaming malnutrition on a lack of available food
The link between food and poverty: common assumptions and misconceptions
Charting a course of action
10. Towards a global governance of food
Re-examining the food riots
We must step back from agriculture in order to understand it
Diets: a factor of future need
Reinvesting in agriculture: an urgent necessity
Regulation: rules as a safety net
The need for global governance of food security as a “public good”
Dedicated agronomic research