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Harvesting innovation to feed the planet

Innovation has enabled the global food supply to keep up with humanity’s preferences and tastes – and since the 1960s, it has been essential to keeping up with our nutritional needs, too.

In recognition of World Food Day, Answers On is exploring how data, human intelligence and expertise can be applied to fight global hunger. 

As the world population grows larger and ever hungrier, we have relied on breakthroughs in food science, storage, transportation and development to help us keep pace. Some experts now believe we’re in need of a second “Green Revolution,” or significant jump in food productivity and crop yield. The United Nations forecasts that by 2050 the world’s population will grow by more than two billion people; half will be born in sub-Saharan Africa, and another 30 percent in South and Southeast Asia.

Here’s a look at other important eras, dates and phases in the progress of food and crop innovation:

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