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Feeding 9 billion people, one mouth at a time
April 23, 2014Article by Ray Withers
The world’s population is increasing rapidly. In the past 60 or so years, it has increased from just over 2.5 billion to an estimated 7.16 billion. Now, a report from National Geographic has stated that by 2050 there will be another 2 billion mouths to feed. Clearly establishing responsible and sustainable food sources has never been more important.
According to the report, demand for meat in the developing world has tripled in the past four decades. This has had a knock-on effect on crops, as raising more livestock for human consumption means feeding more livestock and hence growing more crops. Experts have predicted that by 2050, crop production across the planet will need to double.
The figures are sobering when one imagines the sheer scale of what the experts are saying. The US Census Bureau has summed up the population increase as “150 more mouths to feed every minute.” The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture is looking to drive food security in light of the rising demand. It is underpinned by a core focus on environmental sustainability and economic opportunity, including the transformation of agriculture.
Making a difference
The need to produce more food while using fewer resources is a central pillar of the World Economic Forum’s vision. The forum states that this “can be achieved through collaboration, investment and innovation among all stakeholders.” A true partnership approach is required.
At Property Frontiers, we are known for being at the cutting edge of overseas investment opportunities. We look for sustainable developments from which our clients can profit but that also have a wider impact. Our structured agricultural investment in Senegal is the perfect example. A limited number of memberships are available, at a cost of £20,000 for the investment. Expected returns are 239% over five years, while the crops are insured and backed by the world’s largest agricultural insurer.
But our Senegal opportunity is about more than just the numbers. It is about being part of something larger – something that uses sustainable, rotation farming methods to grow three much-needed local crops (maize, onion and sweet potato) while preventing soil exhaustion. It is about creating local employment opportunities and teaching people the skills needed to raise crops to cope with growing demand. Ultimately, it is about making a difference.
Funding the future
Sustainable agriculture investments such as Property Frontiers’ project in Senegal are also about leaving a legacy. Creating employment opportunities in an area and working in partnership with the local people can lead to so much more, including the construction of schools and health centres. These are long-term goals but, as they say, “mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”
As chief executive of Property Frontiers, I have to admit that our Senegal opportunity is perhaps the investment that I am most excited to be able to offer to our clients. Not only does it benefit our individual investors, but it is part of a sustainable future for our planet.