One of the key challenges that we face today is how we will feed a world of 9 billion people by 2050 when we already have a billion hungry people today? Not only is our population going to rise by two billion people. It will also be more prosperous, with changing diets and growing demand for higher nutrition - more meat and greater choice. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, agricultural production needs to double in theÂ next forty years. Our ability to produce more food goes hand in hand with environmental resources. These resources are already stretched to the limit. Land degradation, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, and climate change are challenges that we need to address. Given that agriculture is a major user of these resources - e.g. it uses 70% of all the water in the world - it has a significantly responsibility to address some of those challenges. We must grow more from less. And we need to make agriculture profitable for the farmers who grow our food.
The speaker will explore what the food industry, in particular Syngenta, is doing to ensure availability and access to safe, nutritious and affordable food by addressing some of the following questions:
- How are demands from consumers changing and how can the value chain meet these demands?
- What technologies are being developed to increase agricultural productivity sustainably?
- How can farmers adapt to a changing climate, use water and nutrients more efficiently and prevent land degradation?
- What is conservation agriculture and how can it preserve biodiversity?
- How can the industry work with farmers to increase economic growth and address rural livelihood?
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Kavita Prakash-Mani, Head, Food Security Agenda, Syngenta
- Wednesday, 14 April 2010
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road