More than 50 agricultural groups and cooperative organization from around the world have joined hands to form the World Farmers Organization. The organization's purpose is to bring farmers and cooperatives together to exchange ideas and find solutions to global food security issues. WFO is expected to work closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization and their programs around the world.
The National Farmers Union is one of the founding members of WFO. NFU President Roger Johnson says there is a need to ensure farming and ranching remain economically viable as the world population continues to grow, or else we will be facing severe food shortages in the near future. World food demand is expected to increase 70% by 2050.
"We need to grow the world's food supply, but we also need to do it in an environmentally and socially responsible manner," Johnson said. "Many farmers in other countries are facing severe difficulties resulting from climate change and misguided government policies. Farmers around the world need to come together as a group to ensure conditions do not get worse for these producers."