Findings published in the journal Nature Sustainability show how shifting weather patterns will upend the fortunes of farmers worldwide. Trade will become key as higher temperatures will impact food and water supplies, forcing trading volumes for grains, including wheat corn and rice, to rise as much as a fifth. These findings come from American and European climate scientists and resource economists who modeled climate, land, and water data to reach these conclusions.
The amount of land being farmed needs to increase by about 50% - 100 million hectares (247 million acres) – by 2050, according to the report. This massive agricultural expansion could double global food production and ensure the world’s population is fed, however, it will need policy makers to allow trade flows to make sure those commodities reach the global population.
Large swaths of cropland across China, India, and the Middle East that depend on irrigation will find stiffer competition for water as the climate grows hotter. Landholders in South America and Southeast Asia, where rains are projected to increase, are likely to see a boom in cultivation. These trends will in turn force nations to increase trade agreements in order to satisfy the demand for the most consumed crops.
“Increase in trade and trade liberalization is often mentioned as having a negative impact on the environment and on access to food by disadvantaged communities, but our results show that an increase in global trade can also help meet future sustainable development goals in terms of food security and water preservation.”
The South American region, Brazil in particular, will experience an agricultural boom in the following years. This development is sure to increase investment, propel the agriculture industry, and certainly increase the value of projects in the region such as Primal’s. Operating the largest commercial neem plantation in the world, we have chosen Northeast Brazil as our home, due to our careful analysis of future trends and our ability to place ourselves ahead of the curve. More rainfall in Brazil will help our neem trees grow healthier, which will in turn increase our yields. This will also help propel the age of neem, with the neem tree playing a crucial role in building a sustainable global food system and feeding the global population of the future. As a natural pesticide, fertilizer, and cattle feed, neem offers a completely safe alternative to the chemical pesticides which have damaged human health and the environment and rendered lands unfertile across the world. Trailblazers in the agriculture industry, our plantation is run solely through sustainable, organic, and regenerative farming techniques in order to shape the agriculture industry of the future and allow us to become one of the main producers of neem and neem extracts in the world.
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