By 2050, the global population is predicted to increase to more than nine billion people, and the horticultural produce required to feed them will be almost double that of today. Close to four billion tonnes of fruits, vegetables and pulses will be required, in a world of increasing environmental pressures and decreasing land availability.
Increased productivity is a key target for the horticultural industry globally. Better agronomic practices will allow growers to produce more food from less land with optimal use of increasingly scarce water resources. The industry also needs to address growing consumer and marketer demands for increased sustainability, using fewer chemical inputs and managing the health of the productive environment.