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World population growth demands more U.S. agricultural research

Portrait of farmer Bounthit Inthavong  in her rice field in Tao Than village, Vientiane Lao PDR.
A ricer farmer in Tao Than village, Laos, an area hard hit by climate change. Photo: In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images

By 2050, the world’s population will balloon from roughly 7.6 billion people to nearly 10 billion, which poses enormous challenges to securing an abundant and safe food supply.

Why it matters: Without effective research and development to increase crop yields, combat climate change's impact on agricultural output and increase global access to more nutritional diets, the world will experience more famines leading to forced migrations, political instability and human suffering.