The concept of indoor farming is not new, since hothouse production of tomatoes and other produce has been in vogue for some time. What is new is the urgent need to scale up this technology to accommodate another three billion people.

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The sense is to “be of help to” another three billion people:

To accommodate:

To take into consideration or make adjustments for; allow for:

  • an economic proposal that accommodates the interests of senior citizens.


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    Don't you think it's more like definition 3b in your linked page "To provide for; supply with something needed"? Agricultural production is essential after all.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 13:10
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    @BoldBen The 3b definition is for a more immediately definite provision, akin to “gave them stuff”. Definition 2 is more like “allow for expansion”, and it’s a better fit for the OP’s quote.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 14:31

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