Today the Times had one article on projections of world population. The projection for max population is lower than before because of falling birth rates.
The Times also had an article on research into new crops, which said it was very important because of the "rapidly growing population."
I find it a bit inconsistent.
What was interesting in the second article was scientists finding ways to plant and harvest multiple times during the year, up to 6 plant/harvest cycles for wheat. That permits more rapid development of new varieties. Norm Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, was a pioneer in this, moving to Mexico where he could do two crops of wheat a year.