Farm of the Future

The world's population is expected to grow by a third between 2009 and 2050...

One third

...leaving the world's farmers with 9 billion mouths to feed.

9 Billion

This is about more than farming.


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In North Africa, herders caught between a changing climate and nomadic traditions are settling into more sedentary lives and entrepreneurship. In India, after years of failed monsoons, a neglected backyard fruit is being rebranded as a staple crop.

Why Nomads Are Finally Settling Down

The Heavy, Spiky Fruit That Could Feed India

There are more than 50 million pastoralists living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Human Rights

Wealthy countries are investing in farmland overseas to shore up food supply chains. But territory is fundamental to a nation, and when rights to develop and farm land are sold off to foreign firms, it can bring about unrest and even regime change. 

This Land Is Their Land

Open Map


Future Growth

In the United States, farmers are getting older and more scarce. But with more than 600,000 members across all 50 states, the Future Farmers of America is teaching a new generation of agricultural workers dedicated to feeding the world’s growing population.

The Future of Future Farmers of America

There are 630,000 FFA members between the ages of 12 and 21 across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


With both droughts and flooding increasing as topsoil and freshwater dwindle, farmers are looking to new tools to conserve resources. While some are planting more trees, others are betting the farm on ag robots.

The Farm for the Trees

Should We Bet the Farm on Ag Robots?

The first fully robotic farm is slated to open next year in Japan.


Some ranchers are making the case that raising grass-fed cattle can conserve habitats that could help turn the tide against climate change. Shifting weather patterns will hurt crop production, too, and plant scientists are breeding new varieties to withstand harsher climates.

Why Some Ranchers Have Beef With Feedlots 

Breeding the Crops of the Future

At least 80 percent of American beef cattle are fattened on feedlots before slaughter.