Global food production should increase 50% to meet the need of the rising population, said Turkey’s Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli.

Pakdemirli was speaking at the 35th Ministerial Meeting of the Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC).

“I believe that this meeting will raise awareness about the development of sustainable food systems,” Pakdemirli said, according to a statement from the ministry on late Wednesday.

Noting that 820 million people suffer from hunger in the world, he said food and agricultural production has become an important issue on the international agenda.

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