21st Century Global Food Security and the Environment: Improving or Deteriorating?

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room LL20A (San Jose Convention Center)
This session will include multidisciplinary discussion on global food security (GFS) and sustainable Earth in the following areas: current and future climate impacts; agricultural losses from weather extremes; ensuring food for 9 billion people; limiting climate and land degradation constraints; avoiding water, land, and energy competition; building resilience and adaptation strategies for a changing world; innovative observational systems, including satellites, for monitoring and prediction of environmental impacts on GFS; and possible adaptation strategies. This brainstorming session will discuss whether GFS is improving or deteriorating and the ways to strengthen food security and avoid regional food riots; how much a warmer climate has already reduced agricultural output and expectations for the future; how to avoid climate-related crop losses in the main growing regions; 2–3 month advanced drought prediction from space; if 4- to 6-month predicted food shortages help to avoid hunger and malnutrition; and how to prevent deterioration of Earth resources. These discussions will be relevant to decision-makers, international policymakers, relief organizations, private sector, academia, and users dealing with growing population, climate, food supply/demands, weather extremes, agricultural technology, policies, and observational systems.
Felix Kogan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Alfred M. Powell, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Kathy Sullivan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University
Food Security: Going…Going…
Jerry Hatfield, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Can Agriculture Meet the Global Food Demands for a Food-Secure World?
Kenneth E. Kunkel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Projections of the U.S Extreme Climate: Implications for Food Production
Felix Kogan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Consequences of Global Droughts for Food Security
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