30 Jun '16, 8am

Rice: daily staple for half the world. Global rice supply unlikely to meet demand in 2050:

For every one billion people added to the global population, an additional 100 million tons of rice needs to be produced every year. Nairobi, 30 June 2016: Rice is incredibly important for human beings. It is the daily staple for half the global population - more than 3.5 billion people, many of them food-insecure. Over 90 per cent of the world’s rice is produced and consumed in Asia. In all, over one billion people depend on rice production for their livelihoods. With the global population set to rise to 9.6 billion by 2050 and rice production struggling to meet growing demand, something needs to be done. 2050 rice yields will decline up to 20 per cent compared with 2000, according to some sources. “It seems unlikely that the required increase in supply will be achievable by 2050,” says James Lomax, UNEP’s Agri-Food Programme Manager. Global rice consumption is projected ...

Full article: http://unep.org/stories/Ecosystems/Rice-farmers-move-towa...

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