Nine billion people by 2050. Crop demand for human food and animal feed will at least double. At the same time, water resources are diminishing, arable land is being degraded, and rural populations are moving to cities. For the future of food, a global effort to transform agriculture for good is much needed.
Reducing food waste and animal-based products consumption could permit an agriculture 100% organic to feed humanity, neither needing further land, nor emitting more greenhouse gases. Is this economic and political choice our future?
“Where is the capital for investing in food and agriculture—real assets, real farms, real people?
What would it take for investing in food and ag to become as hot as apps and drones?
What if farmers in the Salinas Valley became the real rock stars to investors in neighboring Silicon Valley?”
We are thrilled to announce our latest investment in the Dublin-based startup Nuritas. The company is using artificial intelligence to discover novel and natural active ingredients with a proven health benefit. This disruptive approach brings new promising perspectives to the food sector.
Suwei Jian and Richard Ferguson's report for PwC, "China's Agricultural Challenges" enlightens major issues in the Chinese food system.
Four specific points worth highlighting:
- If the Chinese meat consumption per capita were to equal Taiwanese, we would need an additional grain output equal to Brazil and Argentina current yearly crop.
- China is producing food for 20% of the world population with only 8% of the arable land and 8% of the world renewable water resources
- Because of water scarcity Chinese renewable water resources per person in certain Chinese provinces is already similar to Israel
- For most grains, yields have stagnated in the recent years, if not declined for certain crops.