Food Security Is Among Primary Drivers for Economic, Environmental, and Other Global Development Initiatives
With a growing population and strained natural resources, programs to develop infrastructure and methods to effectively implement sustainable solutions for global populations are increasingly significant.
Team Gemini has recently highlighted a vetted global development framework to assist local farmers in becoming more self-reliant and resilient in face of increasing resource challenges. Our company’s numerous technology options offer energy independence, along with numerous options for food and other resource production and processing. Global challenges are likely to increase amidst population growth and some prevalence of environmentally-harmful energy sources and industrial production. It’s in this sector that Team Gemini and its supporting members can provide relief at local levels.
The variety of environmental challenges have tangible consequences to stakeholders around the globe, as has been evidenced by many national and international organizations:
The global food security challenge is straightforward: by 2050, the world must feed 9 billion people. The demand for food will be 60% greater than it is today. The United Nations has set ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture as the second of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the year 2030.
What Causes It?
- Population growth – this varies considerably across countries. Africa is expected to double its population from 1 to 2 billion by 2050. Populations in the developing world are also becoming increasingly urbanized, with 2.5 billion additional urban residents projected in Africa and Asia.
- Changing tastes – not only is the population growing, but its diet is changing too. As people become more affluent they start eating food that is richer in processed foods, meat and dairy. But to produce more meat means growing more grain.
- Climate change – currently, 40% of the world’s landmass is arid, and rising temperatures will turn yet more of it into desert. At current rates, the amount of food we’re growing today will feed only half of the population by 2050.
- Water scarcity – this is another impending crisis: 28% of agriculture lies in water-stressed regions. It takes roughly 1,500 litres of water to produce a kilogram of wheat, and about 16,000 litres to produce a kilogram of beef. In 2050, we’ll need twice as much water.
- Troubled farmers – in developed countries, less than 2% of people grow crops or breed animals for food. Fewer and fewer people are choosing farming as an occupation. Meanwhile, food prices are rising, arable land continues to be lost to sprawl and soil is being degraded by over-farming.
The benefits of sustainable agriculture present countless reasons to support a transition away from outdated and harmful practices. Team Gemini provides various options in supplying infrastructure for agricultural commodities, including companies like Artigianfer, Bühler, Bucher, and Viscon. On top of that, team members like 2G Energy (combined heat and power), Viessmann (thermal energy et al), ABB (resource management and monitoring), and A3 (wastewater treatment and conservation) support all needed utilities. These companies, among others, offer outstanding technology and service options to fulfill a variety of energy efficiency, as well as resource production and processing needs for countless industries.
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