Today, global agriculture <...> produces over 10 billion tonnes of food annually, as well as a wide range of non-foods. For example, they include 4 million square metres of wood. The produce of global agriculture <...> is worth almost USD 3.5 trillion. All the food produced globally would be more than enough to feed the planet’s population. Nevertheless, hunger remains a problem in the new millennium — Oleg Kobyakov, Director, Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
The global agricultural market, as well as its stability and wellbeing have a direct impact on the stability and wellbeing of the people in all countries. They also have a direct impact on national security. The year 2020 has changed all the relations in all spheres of our life. Starting from 2020, the global food market has been going through the time of troubles. We need to learn how to survive in this new reality. Thank goodness, Russian agriculture has survived all the challenges, though all the global logistics chains have changed, much like business environment. Russian agriculture and processing and food industries have survived the pandemic. We did not suffer from food shortages. Besides, our export has grown up to USD 30.5 billion. This is a very solid figure — Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Today, roughly 30 billion out of all global technology investment account for agricultural technologies. Over the last five years, Tencent, Microsoft, and Google <...> have increased their investments in agriculture. <...> Technologies are fairly new to agriculture: basically, the market changed five years ago. Global investments in agriculture were less than 5 billion just five years ago — Elena Baturova, Director, Center for the Development of Financial Technologies, Rosselkhozbank.
Food security is a matter of national security. This is something many countries now understand. Qatar had to experience it first-hand due to the geopolitical situation we found ourselves in. COVID has taught us many things: we need to move fast and introduce technologies fast — Mohamed Badr S K Al-Sadah, Chief Executive Officer, Hassad Food Company.
Global food industry should solve just three tasks. First of all, we should prevent famine. Secondly, we need to ensure people’s health at the same time. Most importantly, we should not damage the planet’s environment — Evgeny Lyashenko, Executive Director, EFKO Group of Companies.
The post-COVID era has changed the world generally and agriculture in particular. <...> We all understand that over 500 million people are beyond – it is hard for me to say the word ‘famine’ out loud – a normal ration. On the other hand, we see that agriculture index is fairly high – wheat, rice, or palm oil has not cost this much in a very long time. It creates a dangerous situation that can potentially lead to social tensions — Dmitry Mazepin, General Director, URALCHEM.