Global food shortages have posed a serious threat for decades, but new advancements in technology could help mitigate this crisis.
Recent projections suggest that the global population will exceed 9 billion people by 2050, requiring at least a 70% increase in food production to meet the demand. This is to say nothing of the massive number of people who are already malnourished or go hungry on a daily basis — currently, this constitutes more than 795 million people worldwide.
Meanwhile, because of climate change and severe droughts, the risk of food shortages is currently at an all-time high. These numbers are undoubtedly dire, but there is reason to hope for a better future: innovative technologies are currently in development (and in some cases, have already been put into action) to address the global food crisis. From big data to GMOs to robotics, the intersection of technological advancements and improved farming practices is offering a promising way forward in the fight against food shortages worldwide.