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GCC agri-nutrients feed 5 per cent of world’s population: GPCA

25 Oct 2020

The GCC agri-nutrients industry supports the food supply of 5 per cent of the world’s population, or 350mn people across the globe, according to a new report published by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).

This figure marks the rising importance of agri-nutrients in enhancing global food security in a rapidly changing world, where there will be a need to produce 70 per cent to 100 per cent more food by 2050 to feed the growing population, GPCA said in a statement.

The report further revealed that over the last five decades, a portion of the global population supported by agri-nutrients manufactured by GCC producers has increased 33 times, from about 9mn in 1970 to 350mn currently. 

The GCC agri-nutrient industry supports about 12,100 direct jobs in the region, and almost three times as many indirect and induced jobs, which means that every person working in the sector supports enough food production to feed about 30,000 people worldwide, including people in the GCC. Additionally, every person employed by the regional industry supports 17.7 tonnes of three main crops production per year (rice, wheat and maize), underlying the significance of the Arabian Gulf region in supporting global food security.

GPCA said despite the coronavirus crisis, the GCC fertiliser producers continued to produce essential fertilisers and supply their global customers without significant production and supply chain disruptions.

Dr Abdulwahab al Sadoun, secretary general of GPCA, said, “The GCC region is an important, global centre for the production and export of agri-nutrients, which have proven to be essential for enhancing global food security, particularly during the current crisis. The global community must work together to ensure open and free international trade and protect food supply chains by providing essential agri-nutrient inputs.”

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