So, the demand for food is going to rise by at least 1.9 per cent per annum to 2050 and the demand for agricultural commodities for biofuels by even more. Compared to this, the mainstream supply forecasts are a cause for major concern. Between 2010 and 2030 it is estimated that the supply of food will grow by 1.3 per cent per annum and then fall to an even lower 0.8 per cent to 2050.10

The great agricultural productivity gains of the 1950s and 1960s appear to be over – easily accessible land is now intensively farmed. Now, for more land and production, the industry needs to address the challenges of the emerging and frontier markets where agriculture is often at an inefficient subsistence level and producing areas inaccessible or not yet ...

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