Food and Nutrition Security
With the global population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the world will need almost double the amount of food that is available today. And yet in recent years, achieving food security for the already 7 billion people living on Earth has become increasingly difficult because of complex scientific, economic, social, political and environmental factors.
In partnership with researchers and policy makers around the world, Discovery Park researchers are investigating the causes and consequences of food insecurity and devising ways to increase food production. They’re focusing their efforts in the following areas:
Enacting sound policies to combat food insecurity requires deep knowledge of its complex causes. Interdisciplinary research and dialogue between researchers and policymakers are keys to this understanding. Read about our success.
New discoveries in plant genomics and genetics hold the promise of improving crop yields, nutrition and resistance to disease, particularly in the wake of climate change. Read about our success.
Food shortages and distribution problems lead to not only famine and hunger, but also malnutrition. New technologies – some surprisingly simple and cheap – are combating malnutrition among some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Read about our success.
Smart farming – from predictive analytics to controlled environment agriculture – allows growers to increase the quality and quantity of crops using fewer resources. Working alongside producers, researchers are helping to increase agricultural productivity in sustainable ways. Read about our success.
Policy and Regulation
Food security is dependent upon having food available, being able to obtain it, and being able to safely prepare it. Through partnerships with policymakers, researchers are examining ways to improve food availability, access and safety. Read about our success.