Welcome to the Purdue Center for Global Food Security
In the dawn of the 21st century, we have entered a new era in global food security concerns. The world population has risen to over six billion and is expected to grow to nine billion by the year 2050. Achieving food security for so many people has only become more difficult in recent years due to a combination of interconnected scientific, economic, social, political, and environmental factors. Purdue's Center for Global Food Security (PCGFS) is taking up these challenges, helping to ensure that we have enough food, feed and fuel for the 21st century and beyond.
U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security
The fourth annual U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security was held on Purdue's West Lafayette campus from June 7-19, 2015. Forty graduate students from twenty-three U.S. universities came together to develop an holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security through lectures, practicums, farm visits, and group projects. Special guest speakers included Julie Borlaug (Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture), Susan Owens (USAID), Suresh Babu (IFPRI), Jonathan Gressel (Weizmann Institute of Science), and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn (The World Food Prize Foundation).
Food Security News
October 19, 2016
DES MOINES, Iowa - U.S. universities can learn a thing or two from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. The school has developed open networks of information between academic departments to promote sharing of scientific research devRead Full Story
October 18, 2016
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme and 2003 World Food Prize laureate, will join Purdue University President Mitch Daniels for an in-depth discussion on global food securityRead Full Story
December 1, 2014
In February, Purdue University junior John Baier knew he wanted to do something to make a positive impact on campus. He just wasn't sure what. That's when Mel Gruver, assistant dean of civic engagement and leadership development at Purdue, floaRead Full Story
A commentary authored by Gebisa Ejeta and Joachim von Braun. The Next Generation: Confronting the Hunger Challenges of Tomorrow October 12-14, 2011
Gebisa Ejeta moderates the African Presidential Leadership Roundtable at the 2011 Borlaug Dialogue Save the date: Informal Institutions and Intractable Problems Workshop This international workshop (April 16-17, 2012) will seek new perspectives from the latest research on “informal institutions,” such as social and ethical norms, in shaping policy design, adoption, and implementation with a focus on three “intractable” problems in particular that have confounded policy makers for decades: food security, women’s rights, and climate change. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
Purdue World Food Prize LaureatesGebisa Ejeta The 2009 World Food Prize was awarded to Dr. Ejeta of Ethiopia, whose sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the devastating Striga weed have dramatically increased the production and availability of one of the world's five principal grains, enhancing the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Philip E. Nelson 2007 World Food Prize was awarded to Dr. Nelson for his innovative breakthrough technologies which have revolutionized the food industry, particularly in the area of large-scale storage and transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables using bulk aseptic food processing. The aseptic bulk processing and packaging technology pioneered by Nelson can be found in almost every country in the world. Food Security A journal for the science, sociology and economics of food production and access to food.
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