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Agricultural production will have to increase by an estimated 50 percent by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing population.
More than 2 billion adults, adolescents and children are overweight or obese.
More than 820 million people are still going hungry.
Stunting affects nearly 150 million children under five.
17% of the world’s livestock breeds are at risk of extinction.
Just 3 crops – wheat, maize and rice – make up near half the world’s average daily calorie intake.

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture 

There is more than enough food produced today to feed every last one of us. Yet over 820 million people remain chronically undernourished, amid signs of diminishing momentum towards reaching Zero Hunger. In Africa, in fact, hunger is on the rise in almost all subregions, with an overall prevalence nearing 20 percent.

Malnutrition, meanwhile, is taking a heavy toll across developing and developed nations. While stunting -- low height for age -- is slowly decreasing, more than two billion adults, adolescents and children are now obese or overweight. The consequences are severe for public health, for national wealth, and for individuals' and communities' quality of life.

These worrying trends coincide with the diminishing availability of land; increasing soil and biodiversity degradation; and more frequent and severe weather events. The impact of climate change on agriculture compounds the situation.

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