Technology and crop protection key to meeting global food demand

A TWO per cent increase in food production will have to be delivered by farmers every year up to 2030, with a doubling of current global production by 2050 - the stark reality facing agriculture if much of the world’s population is to avoid hunger in the latter part of this century.

This is against a backdrop of rising population, increasing environmental pressures, a reduction in cultivated land and increased competition for water, says James Barkhouse, managing director for Syngenta Crop Protection UK and Ireland, and one of the speakers at the AtlasFram spring conference.

His paper to the conference will outline the daunting challenges facing global agriculture over the next 50 years, but he will also make the case for technology as being the key to success.

Population increase

Driven by an expected population increase to eight billion people, and the demand for improved nutrition, crop production will not only have to sustain the diet of a growing world population, but it will also have to be grown on less land, under greater environmental constraints and with increased competition for water.

“Food production has doubled in the last 40 years, so I’m confident we can achieve it in the future. Varietal and nutritional technology, developments in plant physiology and pesticides will be key”.

Mr Barkhouse will suggest that if food production targets are to be met, then public investment and support of agriculture must increase.

“Corn, rice, wheat or soya beans – the world will need half as much again, and I believe we can do it. But low productivity farming is not sustainable. High-yielding agriculture – through good use of technology – is the answer,” he said.

AtlasFram spring arable conference in conjunction with Farmers Guardian

THIS year’s AtlasFram Group arable conference has a distinctly business flavour, taking the theme ‘Always Competitive’. The conference programme includes papers on the global and UK fertiliser markets and the financial impacts of environmental schemes.

PROGRAMME

10.15am: Coffee and registration
10.40am: Introduction – Robert Rous, chairman, AtlasFram Group
10.45am: The global and UK fertiliser market – Ms Tove Andersen, managing director, Yara UK
11.30am: Environmental Schemes and their financial impact – Peter Walker, Wilson Wraight agricultural management consultants
Noon: Agricultural technology; crop protection and its role in meeting global fuel demand – James Barkhouse, managing director, Syngenta Crop Protection UK and Ireland
12.45pm: Summary – Robert Rous
1pm: Lunch

The AtlasFram spring arable conference is on Tuesday February 23, 2010 at Swynford Paddocks Hotel, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket, CB8 0UE.

  • For further details, contact AtlasFram on 01728 727 700

 

Farming Propects 2010

ARE you wondering what 2010 will bring for your business? If you want to know, and ask experts your questions, take part in one of our online outlook seminars on February 16, 17 and 18 to find out.

We’ve got a panel of experts together who will talk about the issues you’re likely to face in 2010 and provide the answers to any questions you might have.

To take part in these free seminars all you have to do is register for the event, and then on the day, settle down in front of your PC at 12.30pm to view and listen to the event live.

And once the event has finished you’ll be able to watch it again on your PC as many times as you like.

Find out more here.

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