The world needs to produce more food to feed everyone in the years ahead. Period.
Food shortages are likely to be an unfortunate megatrend of the 2020s. Rising food demand is intersecting with another megatrend: shaky global supply chains.
Consider this bleak outlook from the U.N. World Food Programme’s 2022 outlook (emphasis mine):
“Globally, levels of hunger remain alarmingly high. In 2021, they surpassed all previous records as reported by the Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), with close to 193 million people acutely food insecure and in need of urgent assistance across 53 countries/territories, according to the findings of the GRFC 2022.