Multiple Paths to Ensuring Global Food Security

Food Security
Friday, February 12, 2016: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Marshall Ballroom North (Marriott Wardman Park)
With the global population projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, increasing concern, discussion, and research are focused on how to feed this population in a sustainable manner. The sustainability of large-scale agricultural production – common in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia – has been called into question. At the same time, many experts doubt the ability of small, sustainable farms to feed the world. This symposium explores this challenging problem from a global perspective, discussing the current state of agriculture from both scientific and policy angles. This in itself presents a challenge, in part because certainty about the number of farms and their characteristics varies greatly from country to country. The symposium will explore the benefits of large- and small-scale agricultural production and the role of each in feeding the world’s population. The panel will discuss how the presentations relate to the sustainable intensification of agriculture.
Linda Young, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Linda Young, USDA
Michael Steiner, US Department of Agriculture
Michael Morris, World Bank
Quantifying Agriculture Country by Country
Seth Cook, International Institute for Environment and Development
Roles of Small Farms and Sustainable Intensification in Attaining Food Security
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