Brussels – The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), said on Thursday in Brussels, during its study on global food security, that food security is still critical worldwide.
The centre said food security policy should therefore be moved towards a much broader landscape and focused on regular access to food, for a population nearing nine billion towards 2030.
The study brought together the European Commission, external experts, and stakeholders to develop a vision for food security in 2030.
The study, in its report stressed the need for comprehensive and systemic approach to explore the issue.
It said due to a growing population, climate change, limiting expansion of agricultural land, among others, achieving global food security would be one of the most critical challenges in the coming years.
It said traditionally, the debate on food security focused on production and agricultural aspects, as well as hunger, poverty and humanitarian aspects.
The report said that by 2030 and beyond, food security would increasingly be defined by securing food supply in response to changing and growing global demand.
“Food security is not only a global and systemic challenge, but also an opportunity for the EU to play a role in innovation, trade, health, wealth generation, and geopolitics.’’
The report noted that food security would be guaranteed through four processes, which includes, extensive transformation of agriculture production systems through investment, research and training.