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The World’s Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People. © quae

The World’s Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People

Is the world headed toward a major food crisis? After several decades of seeming indifference, public opinion is slowly awakening to the fact that a daunting task lies ahead. 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.

Updated on 04/15/2016
Published on 02/08/2012

To meet this challenge, societies must innovate, keep losses and waste in check, and reverse the current trend of excessive and imbalanced calorie intake. At the same time, the world must put an end to hunger and with it, the suffering of some one billion people.

Researchers the world over have dedicated their life's work to finding viable solutions to these key issues on a global scale. In this work, Marion Guillou and Gérard Matheron shed light on the issue in terms that are clear and accessible to the public at large. The reader will find a wealth of information, thought-provoking insight and some surprising solutions. The world can avert a crisis, provided it makes a firm commitment to profound change, notably in the consumption and production habits of today's western societies.

Marion Guillou, President of INRA from 2004 to 2012, and Gérard Matheron, President of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), have published The World’s Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People.

This book is the translation of “9 milliards d’hommes à nourrir, un défi pour demain”, published in September 2011 (Editor- François Bourin).