Watch this video, narrated by Matt Damon and produced by Goodspot in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. State Department commits the United States to working on a global collaborative effort to improve food security. Currently one sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger. The State Department asserts that global food supplies must increase by an estimated 50 percent to meet expected demand in the next 20 years. Advancing sustainable agricultural-led growth increases the availability of food, keeps food affordable, and raises the income of the poor. What are your thoughts? Send us your comments.
Marshall Matz, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, and founding chairman of Friends of the World Food Program, points out that American agriculture can meet the challenge of producing more food than has ever been produced over the last 10,000 years in an environmentally sustainable way. What are your thoughts and insights? Send us your comments.
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted local farmers, students and agribusiness professionals who joined together to call attention to agriculture and show their pride in their profession. A guest lecture by Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, triggered the gathering.
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In a recent paper, the FAO is predicting that in order to properly feed an additional 2.5 billion people while striving towards eradicating poverty and hunger, food production will have to increase by 70 percent over the next forty years.
The FAO will be hosting a High-Level Expert Forum in Rome on 12-13 October to discuss “How to Feed the World in 2050″. The Forum will bring together around 300 leading experts from academic, non-governmental and private sector institutions from developing and developed countries.
The complete paper can be read here.
Peter Hazell with Foreign Policy takes a look at the positive impact the Green Revolution had, particularly in Asia. He goes on to predict that a similar revolution will be needed in Africa.
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