The global need for food, fibre and fuel – is there enough land to satisfy the demands?

In the last ten years or so, there has been a sharply increasing international focus on the need to produce more food, bio-energy and wood fibre. The reasons are many, more or less obvious, and interlinked in often complex ways.…

The global need for food, fibre and fuel – is there enough land to satisfy the demands?

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In the last ten years or so, there has been a sharply increasing international focus on the need to produce more food, bio-energy and wood fibre. The reasons are many, more or less obvious, and interlinked in often complex ways.

With the globalisation of economies, industrial processing and trade flows, these needs for increased production of plants for different purposes, and the enormous array of issues related to them, have acquired international prominence of unprecedented nature. Virtually every UN-body, development bank, international policy and research institute, global and local environmental and social NGO, and others with programmes or mandates touching upon agriculture, forestry, environment or energy, have launched programmes, held seminars and conferences, produced studies and reports or got engaged in research and advocacy work.

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