As global food demand increases, the agricultural sector is faced with the double challenge of increasing productivity while reducing the sector’s environmental impact. In an effort to help farmers worldwide address this challenge, Chr. Hansen has entered the rapidly growing plant health market.
Feeding the world in 2050
The global agricultural sector is facing a massive productivity challenge in the years ahead. According to the World Resources Institute, the agricultural sector needs to produce 69% more crops by 2050 in order to feed the growing population compared to 2006 levels1. This means that crop yields will need to grow by more than one third in the next 44 years compared to the past 44 years. With crop yields already at high levels and with climate change adding additional stress to productivity in many agricultural regions, the industry is in need of, innovative and sustainable solutions to help meet the growing demand for food.
Finding the answers in nature
One promising approach to improving agricultural productivity comes from nature itself in form of the microbial communities that live in, on and around plants. According to the American Academy of Microbiology, microbial solutions to improve plant health have the potential to increase crop productivity by 20% and reduce fertilizer and pesticide requirements by 20% within 20 years2.
With a long-term ambition of leveraging its microbiological platform and knowledge to become part of the solution, Chr. Hansen has entered the rapidly growing biological plant protection market in a strategic alliance with FMC Corporation. Through the alliance, Chr. Hansen and FMC are working to combine knowledge and expertise to create a broad portfolio of biological solutions for farmers worldwide.