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Sustainable Farming

WWF is working with major companies and their supply chains to ensure that key farmed commodities are produced and processed in a sustainable manner – one that preserves and restores critical habitats, helps protect watersheds, and improves soil health and water quality.
A Chinese farmer carrying his hoe whilst walking to his organic vegetable plot. Xipanshanzhou Polder, West Dongting Lake, Hubei province, China.
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Agriculture is essential to supplying our food, valuable fibres like cotton and, ever more increasingly, biofuels too.

In recent years, aquaculture has emerged as the fastest growing food production system in the world.

Farming is also the world's largest industry, employing over one billion people and generating over one trillion dollars' worth of food annually.

And it's the largest driver of habitat and biodiversity loss around the world.

Learn more about agriculture and aquaculture

Environmental impacts WWF's priority crops and aquaculture species WWF's solutions for sustainable agriculture & aquaculture
Consumption, companies and biodiversity
Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown.

Farming Facts & Figures

    • Land for farming crops, livestock and poultry currently covers 38% of the world's total land area.
    • 78% of agricultural land is used for livestock production.
    • Aquaculture accounts for 47% of the world’s fish food supply.
    • Most aquaculture has been developed in freshwater environments, mainly in Asia
    • An estimated 50% more food than is currently produced will be needed in order to feed the global population by 2050.
    • Rising wealth is driving demand for high-value commodities, like animal protein (milk, eggs, fish, meat), oils and coffee, which often require more land and/or water to produce than more traditional staples.  

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