What is in this article?:
- Technology will be essential to feed 9 billion people by 2050
- Involve the next generation
- Funding dilemma
- Wheat breeding
- GM Wheat?
The challenge is daunting. Feed 9 billion people in about 30 years with less land and less water.
From left to right, Jon Rich with AgriPro-Syngenta; Marla Barnett with Limagrain Cereal Seeds; Julie Borlaug with the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture; Sid Perry with WestBred-Monsanto; and Janet Lewis with Bayer CropScience, conducted a panel discussion.
Involve the next generation
The first area of concern would be involving the next generation, she said.
“It’s important for us to continue to train the next generation of agricultural scientists,” Borlaug said. “We need to engage students; we need to engage those even outside of agriculture, because it is going to take people from various backgrounds across different disciplines to help figure out how to feed 9 billion people.”
This challenge – feeding the world – will require new economic and political policies, new rounds of innovation and technology advancements in engineering, medicine, energy, but most importantly agriculture, she said.
This challenge will depend on the actions of the next generation of entrepreneurs – scientists, researchers, policymakers and farmers. These are the people she said her grandfather called his “hunger fighters.”
These hunger fighters must embrace technological innovation, creativity, bold ideas and collaborate across all disciplines, while effectively engaging smallholder farmers and the private and public sectors to come up with sustainable solutions, Borlaug said.
“So we need to continue to reinvest in that and move our next generation forward, so they will become the next Norm Borlaugs and leaders in agriculture,” she said.
She added that he would also talk about the roles of the public and private sectors. The need for funding and advancements in research and development, biotechnology and other components is important.