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Taking stock as the world population hits 8 billion

Projections show the global population will surpass 8 billion people on November 15, and in 2023, India is expected to surpass China to become the world’s most populous nation. It was only 11 years ago that the world reached the last billion; these milestones generate considerations of resource allocation, food security, climate change, and more. Already, one in nine people can’t get enough to eat every day, even while 33 to 40 percent of our food is lost or wasted each year, according to research from senior partners Clarisse Magnin and Björn Timelin. As we continue to grow, how can we support an unprecedented population while raising the quality of life for all? Explore our insights to learn more about how to avoid a food crisis, common misconceptions around global migration, the future of an aging population, and more.

Author Talks: One billion more

Decarbonising India: Charting a pathway for sustainable growth

On the cusp of a new era?

Adding years to life and life to years

The rising risk of a global food crisis

Planning for an aging population

A reflection on global food security challenges amid the war in Ukraine and the early impact of climate change

Scale what works: The benefits of proven health interventions

Author Talks: The great American demographic shift

Reducing food loss: What grocery retailers and manufacturers can do

The rise and rise of the global balance sheet: How productively are we using our wealth?

Author Talks: Parag Khanna on the forces creating a new geography of opportunity

The net-zero transition: What it would cost, what it could bring