Professor John Beddington, the UK Government’s Chief Scientist, has warned that the world’s population is facing a series of threats to livelihoods due to insecure access to food, energy, and water.
The BBC News coverage notes that:
demand for food and energy will jump 50% by 2030 and for fresh water by 30%, as the population tops 8.3 billion…
Beddington warned that these issues must be tackled as soon as possible to prevent shortages globally.
The Farming First plan aims to create a comprehensive framework for addressing the very issues that Beddington highlights, and many more. Creating a locally relevant yet globally connected system for agriculture will be key to minimising the potential impacts which arise from reduced access to these fundamental resources.