Earth is expected to be home to 9.6 billion people by 2050. That’s over two billion additional people to feed, a goal only attainable if we increased current food production levels by 70% in the mere 35 years we have ahead of us. Ambitious, yes, but not unsound, especially considering the numerous promising technologies that have emerged in this field in the past couple of years.
The agricultural landscape however differs pretty greatly across the globe. While most Western countries benefit from well-developed infrastructures, widespread irrigation and copious fertilizers, much of Africa and South Asia is highly dependent on weather conditions, and lacks proper infrastructure to shift equipment and resources from one point to another. The hurdles are numerous, but implementing smart urban farming systems might just be the way to tackle these issues. When looking at the figures, urban farming makes more sense than ever: globally, urban dwellers represent 54% of the population, a figure which should grow to 70% by 2050.