Increasing yield and improving production models — including new irrigation methods — to address global risks to food systems are only possible through significant investments in agricultural research and new food production techniques.
By 2050, the human population is forecast to surpass 9 billion people, and global food demand will increase by 70% if current consumption trajectories continue.
All aspects of food security are affected by climate change. Heat and water stress could reduce crop yields by 25% between 2030 and 2049.
Nearly 24% of global land area is undergoing degradation. Almost one fifth of degrading land is arable cropland — more than 20% of all cultivated areas.
Agricultural land conversion for residential development, an aging farming demographic, and economic barriers facing new farmers and home-grown food entrepreneurs are local trends both at home and internationally.
Currently only 2.6 million of the 4.7 million hectares of Agricultural Land Reserve in British Columbia is actively farmed.
The average age for farmers in British Columbia is 56 years of age.
In a UBC study, nearly 82% of prospective local farmers were not from a farming background. Study participants identified the high cost of agricultural land as the biggest barrier to entering farming.