February 20, 2014
The sustainability of global food source and development is critical to security and health. The ability to produce, secure and access food is complex and not at all common occurrence. The food impact relies on new thinking on development and agriculture. The question “Will 11 agricultural technologies feed the growing population?” is indeed a call to action.
“How is agriculture going to feed a growing world population with limited resources and the impacts of climate change? The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a new book, Food Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity, which discusses 11 agricultural technologies and which to pursue as competition grows for land, water and energy,” reports in Farm Industry News.
The authors, Mark Rosegrant (et al), use a modeling approach to assess the yield (of corn, rice and wheat) and food security impacts of 11 agricultural technologies under varying assumptions related to climate change and technology adoption. The 11 technologies examined in the book are as follows:
- Crop protection
- Drip irrigation
- Drought tolerant varieties
- Heat tolerant varieties
- Integrated soil fertility management
- Nitrogen use efficiency
- Organic agriculture
- Precision agriculture
- Sprinkler irrigation
- Water harvesting
The food cliff is a challenged by economy and socioeconomic disparity. This disparity in food is inclusive of technology gap to harness efficient solutions. As the price of food rises and the distance between the have and the have not’s widens the impact of agriculture and climate is stressing food production. The rise of research in this area of food, climate and agriculture is vital to sustainability.
To read the full report: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/oc76.pdf.