Feeding the world (Foodtank / New Agriculturist)


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Feeding the world: paradigm shift or incremental improvements?

by Robin Bourgeois, GFAR

A critical review of The Economists’ Conference “Feeding the World 2013, Accelerating Global Collaboration on Food Security”, Amsterdam, January 30, 2013.

In the quest to feed 9 billion people by 2050, “our salvation can only come from farmers,” said Sharon Dijksma, Dutch Minister of Agriculture, quoting Gandhi. Her opening remarks to The Economist‘s ‘Feeding the world 2013’ conference, held in Amsterdam in January, continued with three key messages: we need to double productivity while using half the inputs, reduce wastes in developing and developed countries, and develop a climate smart agriculture to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Such a view just does not go far enough. There’s a widely quoted ‘fact’ that production must increase by 70 per cent in order to feed 9 billion people, but it is a myth. It…

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Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production, Camel dairying, Alain, UAE. I had performed as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of traditional genetic resources for food and agriculture. Iim advocating camel under the theme of CAMEL4LIFE and believe in camel potential. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), and Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). I’m an ethnoecologist, ethnobotanist, Ethnovet and ethomedicie researcher and reviewer. I explore deserts and grazing lands for knowledge and understanding.

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