U.N.: Asia-Pacific must grow more food or risk unrest

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) painted a bleak picture of the future for the Asian Pacific region unless it significantly increases its food production to meet the demands of its exploding population.

In a release from the FAO, it said: “the region as a whole needs to improve food production systems and delivery to consumers or face significant food security problems within the next generation. Indeed some developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will need to increase their food production by up to 77 percent to feed their people by 2050, when the world’s population is expected to top nine billion.”

The FAO warned that not only must the region produce more food, but it also must take steps to “reduce food losses and food waste, which is as high as 30-50 percent regarding grains, fruits and vegetables.”

The FAO also stated the severe consequences it foresees if people of the region continue to eat diets that contain nutritional deficiencies.

In an article in Time, Hiroyuki Konuma, the assistant director-general of FAO Asia-Pacific, was quoted as saying: “If we fail to meet our goal and a food shortage occurs, there will be a high risk of social and political unrest, civil wars and terrorism, and world security as a whole might be affected.”

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