About the Book
"Today, our world produces sufficient food to nourish all people on the planet, although not everybody has access to it in the same degree. In the world of tomorrow the availability of sufficient food is no longer self-evident. By 2050, the world’s population will exceed 9 billion people – an estimated growth of more than 30 percent and amounting to an estimated 2.3 billion more people to food. To put this in perspective, consider that we will need to produce the same amount of food over the next four decades that we produced over the past 8,000 years. This population boom will be accompanied by increased strains on our food supply and resources, causing increased pressure on already delicate political and ecological systems, as well as threats to global security. To feed our ballooning population, global food production must increase by an estimated 70 percent, and almost double in developing countries. Moreover, we will need to address both undernutrition and overnutrition, which contribute to poor health outcomes and impose significant costs on our society. As a result, the need has never been greater for innovative solutions that will lead to significant improvements in our food and nutritional security, including greater investment in science and technology.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Agriculture Science and Technology’ covers key areas in agricultural science, namely crop improvement, production, response to water, nutrients, and temperature, crop protection, agriculture and human health. Despite these challenges, agricultural technology has played a central role in overcoming food security challenges in the past. The 20th Century marked a time of significant public investments in scientific research that contributed to historical increases in food production.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Agriculture Science and Technology’ Not everything that is technologically feasible will become reality. This STT foresight study addresses the complexity of the agro & food sector and the interwovenness of the many factors influencing its development. This work gives an overview of developments that may influence the future of agro & food sector. The focus is on technological developments, which in turn are assessed within the context of social, economic and political developments around the globe.
The challenges posed by today’s and tomorrow’s global food supply will continue to push the agro & food sector towards technological innovations, the more so as religious and sociocultural changes are influencing the production of and demand for food. At the same time will new technological developments also generate new questions. This handbook is a valuable addition to the existing knowledge and is especially intended for university students and all professionals in the field of agriculture. Technological change has been the major driving force for increasing agricultural productivity and promoting agriculture development around thee globe. In the past, the choice of technologies and their adoption was to increase production, productivity and farm incomes. Over many decades, policies for agriculture, trade, research and development, education, training and advice have been strong influences on the choice of technology, the level of agricultural production and farm practices."