Feeding population vs market integration

argylesock says… Here are good words about how the informal sector (farmers trading seeds with one another) can be as important to feeding people than the formal sector (companies selling seeds). If not more important. Another way to say this is, food sovereignty can be as important as food security. Or more important.



Feeding a growing global population and improving the management of natural resources are two of the most urgent challenges mankind is currently facing. Agricultural markets, seed systems and crop genetic resources lie at the heart of both. Agricultural production is the main source of income and food for a large share of the world’s population, especially those in the developing countries. An estimated 70 percent increase in world agricultural production will be required to meet food demands by 2050, according to studies. Much of the needed growth will need to come from rain-fed crop production and areas of relatively low agricultural potential, and include both major cereal crops and minor crops important for food security. Increasing productivity by improving farmers’ access to, and use of, crop genetic resources is a primary means of meeting current demand and future demands.

We live at a time when issues about how…

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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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