Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Food Security

Experts tackle world hunger worries

Carlos Seré, one of three agricultural experts who spoke yesterday on a panel at the University of Minnesota about securing the global food supply (photo credit: University of Minnesota).

‘With 29 countries facing severe food shortages and the global population expected to increase over the next 40 years, experts have set a timeline to not only secure the world’s food supply, but also to end hunger.

‘Limited resources, malnutrition and the toll of agriculture on the environment will continue to threaten the chances of reaching that goal.

‘“We want to produce more food, but there is less water, [and] we are facing climate change, which makes it much more difficult,” Carlos Sere, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute [ILRI], said on Monday at the University of Minnesota.

‘Leaders from two other internationally recognized agricultural research centers joined Sere to address the problems and solutions surrounding world hunger.

‘Shenggen Fan and Ruben Echeverria each lead organizations that [along with ILRI] are a part of a 15-member network called the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

‘The experts spoke of the outlook of world hunger over the next 40 years, and the possibility of ending world hunger by 2050. . . .’

Read more at Minnesota DailyExperts tackle world hunger worries, 19 Oct 2010

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