World population continues to grow and is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, a 27 percent increase over today’s population. At the same time, a growing middle class across the planet will be more competitive for resources, goods, services, and of course, food. Not only will there be more people to feed by 2050, per capita consumption of food and other resources will likely be higher as well.


California is a significant producer of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables. A USGS survey on food production reported that California produces one quarter of the nation’s food supply on just 1 percent of the nation’s farmland. Because California farm products make up a sizable portion of the state’s exports, production here also has international implications. Pair that with a declining amount of farmland in California and you have a recipe for disaster.


Which leads us to the question, “How will we feed the world’s population on diminishing amounts of farmland?”


That answer may be forthcoming at the upcoming World Agri-Tech Investment Summit on March 3-5 in San Francisco. CFWC will moderate a panel titled, “Water Smart Agriculture: Opportunities in the New Realities.” If you’re interested in learning more about the global perspective on food production and water use efficiency you should consider attending this big event. Information on the Summit is available at




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