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What Will it Take to Feed 9 Billion People by 2050?

JUNE 07, 2011

At an event today, the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture, Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century released a report concluding that, in order to feed the anticipated population of 9 billion by 2050, collaboration among governments, NGOs and the private sector will need to be on an unprecedented scale – the challenges of food security are significant, and the time to act is now.

Among the speakers at the DuPont Advisory Committee meeting was J.B. Penn, Chief Economist of Deere and Company. According to Penn, “Closing the food productivity gap will require significant capital investments in developing countries, most of which ultimately must come from the private sector.”

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Former UN Secretary-General Annan: “Only Way to Reduce Hunger is to Increase Food Production”

MAY 23, 2011

In an April, 2011 interview with the Financial Times, Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Founder of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) discussed a number of topics including agriculture. In the interview, Annan stressed the importance of increasing food production in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger worldwide by 50 percent and noted the critical role of science in meeting future demand for food and agriculture.

Below are select remarks from Annan’s interview:

“Over the years I was following developments on the continent and when we came up with MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], one of their roles was reducing hunger and poverty by 50 percent. The only way this continent can reduce hunger is by increasing its food production. I also saw the work of welfare program organizations expanding constantly, bringing food aid to Africa when we should be focusing on getting agriculture right.”

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