This fundamental global problem touches everything from farming to technology

by Aza Wee Sile

A woman carries clean water from the donation site in her village across the rice paddy fields to her family’s home on May 1, 2016 in Dala, Burma. (Photo: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

From diseases affecting plants and animals to climate change to protectionist trade policies, the threats are diverse and plenty. Meanwhile, the demand for food continues to swell with global population projected to grow by another 2 billion by 2020.