Agricultural research needs a global rethink
The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development must reset research priorities, says World Food Prize winner Monty Jones.
The world’s agricultural scientists have done life-saving work in university laboratories, global research centres and government agencies.
Millions of people across the developing world are alive today because of advances that have conquered deadly pathogens, kept pests at bay, boosted yields, and squeezed more food out of less land and water.
That’s the good news. Yet despite tremendous innovations and progress in agricultural research over the past half century, more than one billion people remain undernourished in a modern world because the benefits have been spread unevenly, often failing to reach the billion poor people who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.