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Feeding the world more sustainably

The world’s population is forecast to grow from seven billion today to over nine billion in 2050. Not only is the population increasing, it is also growing older and wealthier. World average income per capita is expected to roughly triple and in order to feed more longer-living, wealthier people, farmers will have to increase global food production by at least 70 per cent.

At the same time, we are nearing the limits of our natural resources. Higher food demand will have to be realised with less land expansion potential, less inputs and fewer emissions and waste. We have to produce more with less.

Global food security is on the agenda of the World Economic Forum, G8 and G20 meetings, where academics, government and corporates feed the discussion with expert input. Rather than talking about farmers, we should talk with farmers, as farmers feed the world, not bankers, politicians nor scientists.

The F20 Summit, with farmers from 20 countries across six continents, will provide the platform to discuss the key challenges and opportunities for farmers to feed the world more sustainably.

Key input for the F20 Summit will be driven by leading global farmers participating in the Rabobank Global Farmers Master Classes and the Young Farmers Master Class.

The F20 Summit will provide a unique insight on the Future of Farming from the global farmers’ perspective. Focusing on key themes such as Succession, Sustainability, Science, Supply Chain, Social Media, Social Enabling, Silicon Farming (Big Data), Successful farm practices and Solutions, the F20 aims to set a clear agenda for global decision makers on how to feed the world more sustainably.

As the world’s leading specialist agribusiness bank, Rabobank is committed to the development of the agricultural sector. We believe that ongoing education of primary producers and dialogue between stakeholders is an important way to contribute to the future growth and development of the food and fibre sectors around the world.