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25 July 2018

The biggest challenge of the 21st Century

Producing sufficient food to feed 10 billion mouths by the year 2050 will prove to be the biggest challenge our society will have to deal with in the 21st century. Especially if you take into account the current state of food security in the world; there were still more than 815 million undernourished people in the world in 2016. “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN”, warned Stephen O’Brien, United Nations chief for humanitarian affairs.

The UN sends a clear warning signal that the ambition of a world without hunger and malnutrition by 2030 will be challenging – achieving it will require renewed efforts through new ways of working. This vision is shared by Dutch trend watcher and futurist Richard van Hooijdonk.

In a recent blog post, Van Hooijdonk gives a shout out to the innovation driven Dutch agriculture industry. According to him, forward thinking companies like Duijvestijn Tomatoes are at the forefront; they set the new standard by implementing advanced circular systems and smart controlled environment agriculture technology to enable resource-efficient, sustainable food production.

The drawbacks of a tech-dominated approach are also expressed. “The biggest problem is that some of these solutions are simply not applicable to developing countries – where they’re needed the most – at least not yet.”

At Ridder we understand this problem; that is why we translate the intelligence and functionality of the systems that our customer Duijvestijn uses, into clever practical solutions that can be adopted by growers and farmers anywhere in the world.

Click here to read the complete blogpost at the website of Richard van Hooijdonk.

Click here to learn more about the FAO’s State of Food Security and Nutrition report.

Source: FAO, Richard van Hooijdonk