Brazil could reach 2050 producing 400 million tons of food

Avicultura Industrial – Brazil is capable of producing 400 million tons of food by 2050, contributing significantly for the world estimated production by FAO (UN Food and Agriculture) that is of 2,8 billion of tons, to feed about 9 billion people who will inhabit planet in 2050. The forecast is the chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Confederation of Brazil (CNA), Senator Katia Abreu, to express an opinion about the predictions of the FAO after meeting last Friday (10), in Cambridge, USA, with Professor Daniel P. Sharag, Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Brazil is currently producing 170 million tons of grains and the increased production, according to the senator, will be a result of productivity gains, without any increase in the production area and with the adoption of sustainable technologies which will contribute to reducing of emissions of greenhouse gases.
Thus, as elsewhere in the world, the majority of people who lives in the Brazilian rural areas presents an food deficiencies. “It’s not just the logistics or low technology that makes these people are poorly feeding, but mainly the lack of income,” said Senator Katia Abreu. According to studies by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), ordered by the CNA, about 3.6 million people in classes D and E of the Brazilian countryside are responsible for only 7.6% of VBP (Gross Value of Production).
For this reason, the CNA is developing with Fundação Dom Cabral, who ranks among the top 10 schools in the world of executive education, a technical assistance program that will carry knowledge and capacitate to these producers to obtaining higher profit with their activities. The program will award the technicians residents who improve the income of small producers.
“We hope that the rural population reaches a new standard for their management activities, including classes D and E in the production process,” said the president of CNA. From the 5.17 million of consulted producers by the Agricultural Census 2006 (IBGE – Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), about four million said they never received any kind of technical assistance, from private sector or government, which represents 77.88% of Brazilian producers.

Source and Photo: Avicultura Industrial, February 14th, 2012
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