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    Migrant workers harvest strawberries at a farm near Oxnard, Calif. Ventura County is one of two counties where labor organizers hope to get a Bill of Rights passed to protect farm workers from abuse and wage theft. | Photo: AFP

The ministers acknowledged that the world faces challenges of aging workforce and extreme weather at a time when global food demand is increasing

Agriculture Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries concluded a two day meeting in Niigata, Japan on Sunday during which they discussed strategies to ensure food security amid a rising global population and more frequent environmental disasters.

During the meeting, the ministers highlighted the global challenges of an aging workforce along with extreme weather at a time when global food demand is increasing.

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With the global population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, Agricultural specialists worry about how the planet would feed 2 billion more people. 

Agricultural production must be increased by 60 percent by 2050 to feed a global population that will reach approximately 9.2 billion, according to the forecast of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

In a joint declaration, the ministers vowed to take measures to reduce the effects of climate change on food production. 

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Food security expert warn that the failure to address the environmental impacts of climate change would significantly disrupt food production in coming decades.

“Climate change, left unabated, is likely to have dramatic impacts on food production both on average and in particular locations through exceptional droughts, heat waves, and floods.” According to a 2015 report carried out by the Washington D.C. based World Resource Institute.

The conclusions of the meeting are expected to be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the world’s most industrialised countries, which will be held in the Ise-Shima National Park in central Japan on May 26 and 27.

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