The Current State of Agriculture (According to the FAO)

argylesock says… Here’s a summary of where food comes from and how it feeds people. My fellow blogger Janina highlights some of the interesting numbers. I notice that rice (Oryza sativa) is a staple food for more than half of the world’s people. I wish this infographic referred to malnutrition, but its focus is on how much food people eat instead of whether people’s diets are adequate.

Food (Policy) For Thought

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(click through for a larger pdf version)

The FAO has just released a new infographic showcasing some of the facts and numbers its statistics unit, FAOSTAT, regularly collects. Some of the numbers that stand out to me:

  • More than 840 million people worldwide are undernourished.
  • Compare that with the fact that the average annual food supply per person is 147 kg – that should be enough to feed everybody?
  • Poultry makes up over 80% of livestock, cattle is only at 6% (I wonder whether this is by headcount or by weight?)
  • 1 in 3 people worldwide work in agriculture.
  • 80% of the food consumed in developing countries is produced by smallholders.
  • 60% of child labor occurs in agriculture 😦

What numbers are you surprised by or do you find interesting?

 

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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