At a time when technological innovations and the fourth industrial revolution is transforming the way developed countries live and work, it is staggering that there are over 800 million people today who are hungry.
Studies show that there is a direct correlation between per capita income and the availability of fourth industrial revolution technologies. This means that paradoxically, the communities that need support in order to provide sustenance for their people, ie those who are exposed to climate extremes or live in remote areas with smaller economies and are reliant on agriculture, are prevented from technology that could make their lives easier.
The global agricultural system needs to be radically transformed to avoid more environmental and social problems. The United Nations has identified that agroecology, the study of ecological processes applied to agricultural production systems to facilitate novel management approaches, is the most promising route to generating sustainable food systems on all continents. With a projected 9.7 billion people on earth to feed by 2050, the need to tackle the issue is critical, and the time to act is now.
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