4 Ways Technology Can Help Address the Global Food Crisis

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The smart orchestration of data through computational technology, geolocation location devices, remote sensors, advanced autonomous imagery, and other technologies offers humans hope of food security.

Ending hunger is the second of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve by 2030, yet mankind is facing an unprecedented food supply crisis.

The statistics are alarming. Food insecurity has doubled in the past two years, food prices are soaring, and the World Food Programme estimates 45 million people are currently on the brink of famine. Back in 2021, the UN estimated that 800 million people were already living with hunger. That figure is higher today and looks even bleaker when we factor in the anticipated growth in the world population from 8 to 10 billion people by 2050.

Add in the current supply chain issues impacting the food cycle from end-to-end, the war in Europe’s “Bread Basket,” which has increased pressure on the global wheat market and caused the price of oil and gas to surge, and things seem more dire. However, we believe it is even more critical that we embrace, invest, and deploy innovative technology to deliver the only results that matter: sustainable food supplies to feed everyone.

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About Scott Schlesinger and Nigel Robinson

Scott Schlesinger is the US Data and Analytics Lead at PA Consulting. Nigel Robinson is the UK Analytics Lead at PA Consulting. Scott Schlesinger is a Partner and the North America Analytics Leader for PA Consulting.  Mr. Schlesinger has over two decades of experience helping client organizations make faster and more informed decisions leveraging business intelligence, analytics, AI, and data management technologies.  Mr. Schlesinger is a digital strategist, innovator, and people leader with demonstrated success in building and leading large consulting practices as a senior executive/Partner within the Big 4 and global consulting firms/system integrators. Nigel Robinson is a Partner within Analytics at PA Consulting. He has over 25 years of experience in the advanced analytics and data domains and prides himself on delivering societally beneficial work. Throughout his career, he has built and grown analytics capabilities and worked across the software, consulting, technology and systems integration industries, delivering solutions that tackle some of the largest challenges facing government; his most recent COVID-related projects were nominated for Technology Project of the Year in 2021.

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