By Nick Fierstone-Jones and Jonathan BreeneRead more article The report also warned of a slowdown in the pace of global crop production.
The report showed that the world’s crops have already fallen off the world stage and that there was a worrying gap between the levels of food production needed to meet growing global demand and the availability of land to grow them.
It said that in 2015-16, there were 3.3 billion hectares of land available for cultivation and more than three billion hectares available for production.
Agriculture production, the report said, was projected to reach 6.5 billion hectares by 2025-26, a fall of more than 40 per cent from the previous year.
It warned that the rise in global food prices was likely to lead to further declines in the supply of agricultural land and the cost of crop production, which would lead to higher food prices.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said the report showed how the “dying of the American dream” was being reversed.
Its chief economist, Olivier Planchard, said: “It’s an alarming report that underscores that the food crisis is reaching critical mass and is going to be a crisis for decades to come.”
The report also highlighted the need to take urgent measures to ensure a safe food supply in the future, and called for a more inclusive global food system.
“Achieving food security for all, not just those at the top, is a matter of life and death for millions of people in the world today,” the report concluded.