Farming must feed more people more sustainably


Agriculture in the Sahara desert (Smara, S.W. Algeria) – Production of vegetables applying the soil conditioner TerraCottem – UNICEF project (Photo credit Eng. Taleb BRAHIM 2009-04)

Sustainable food production: Facts and figures

Speed read:

  • Soil damage, climate change, water and energy availability are all challenges for farming
  • S&T have made key contributions to increasing food production, but new strategies are needed
  • Sustainable agriculture can benefit from ‘system’ approaches and farmers’ participation


Advances in agricultural science and technology (S&T) have contributed to remarkable increases in food production since the mid-twentieth century. Global agriculture has grown 2.5–3 times over the last 50 years. [1] This has let food production keep pace with human population growth so that, overall, there are enough calories produced per capita. However, progress toward reducing hunger is variable across the world.

Hunger and malnutrition affect every aspect of human development and persist for various reasons including unequal…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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