It is clear that the world’s farmers are essential, they are
constantly striving to improve the way they farm to feed a growing
world population with the limited resources of land, water and
minerals available to them. Increasing yields, while reducing the
impact on the environment is the clear goal for anyone farming today.
There is plenty of evidence farmers are doing that.
Calculations by Professor Jesse Ausubel at Rockefeller University in
New York shows that in 1950 it took nearly 0.5 hectares to feed each
person in the world. That figure has fallen to a little over 0.2
hectares now, but greater use of technology could see the it fall to
as little as 0.1 hectares by the end of the Century. Empowering
farmers of all sizes with the technology and knowledge they need will
be one of the 21st Century’s most important tasks. Without
them the world would be a much impoverished place.