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Food and water are two of the most fundamental elements of our daily lives, yet in many respects, they are also two of the most mismanaged resources in the world. Competition for fresh water and arable land for food production have increased to the point that the scarcity of both is now a harsh reality in every continent, not just developing nations. Climate change impacts and continuous population growth add to the scarcity issues resulting in some potentially very serious problems in the future. This theme will explore how the staples of life may be in peril and what businesses, governments, and citizens can do about it.
GLOBAL FOOD & WATER MEGATRENDS – TOWARDS 2050
By 2050 the global population will reach 9 billion. Will everyone have secure access to enough food and enough water? Five “Megatrends” have been identified that will affect food and water security: increases in overall population, urban concentrations, energy use, water scarcity, and lack of arable land. As the upward pressures on these Megatrends continue, the effects on developed and developing nations will be significantly different, but both will face unique challenges and opportunities. How can developed nations assist developing nations with these challenges? What policies, technologies, and investments can help achieve global food and water security? Are the solutions both fiscally and environmentally sustainable?
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