Global Agricultural Production:
Trends and Stability
Currently, human population on earth is eight billion people. Although the quantities of agricultural products produced would be sufficient to feed everybody, ten percent are undernourished. If, according to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, between 9 and 12 billion people will be living on this planet in 2060, the demand for food will increase significantly. The expected effects of climate change in the same period are expected to cause significant yield losses - among others - due higher average annual temperatures and more intense and more frequent extreme events.
In addition to the rapid reduction of crop losses and food waste as well as a much lower-energy diet (e.g. vegetarian), sufficiently high and stable yields are a major challenge for agricultural activity.
The interactive Webtool
available here uses annually updated data from the World Agricultural Organisation (FAO). It provides information on the development over time of the production of the 35 globally most important crops in the 109 countries of the world, which account for 99 percent of the cultivated area of these crops. It further shows for these countries whether a maximum annual increase in production has been achieved and how stable or asynchronous production is.