Using research and development to improve agricultural productivity


Introduction The population of the Earth is growing at a fast pace. In 1950, 2 billion humans lived on the planet. By 2006, this had increased to 6.5 billion and by 2025, the world’s population is expected to reach 8 billion people. This growth in population is expected to be in urban areas, not rural. This leads to a higher calorie demand per person associated with dietary changes. It puts a heavy burden upon the world’s limited resources and further increases pressure on rural communities…

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