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Agriculture is ripe for disruption

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24, 2020   /  02:01 pm
Agriculture is ripe for disruption A farmer tends to hydroponic crops in Semarang, Central Java. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

In the 18th century, economist Thomas Malthus expounded a theory known as the “Malthusian Catastrophe”. His hypothesis stated that population growth will outpace growth in food supply until natural forces and starvation correct the imbalance. Contrary to his theory, 200 years later the world’s population has become much larger and some parts of the world enjoy a higher standard of living than they had two centuries ago. What Malthus failed to foresee were technical advances, vaccinations and pesticides that would make it possible to feed the enormous rise in human population. For most of the 20th century, we managed to stay ahead in the Malthusian race between food supply and growth. A recent report by PricewaterhouseCooper, Temasek and Rabobank highlighted that Asia currently struggles to feed itself, investing in technological innovations that are critical fo...

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