GCARD2010: SciDev.Net features article by incoming GFAR Chair and World Food Prize winner Monty Jones

Agricultural research needs a global rethink

SciDev.net homepage March, 22

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.

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One thought on “GCARD2010: SciDev.Net features article by incoming GFAR Chair and World Food Prize winner Monty Jones

  1. While agricultural research has greatly helped the large producers to fill the food basket of the world, about a billion people cannot have access to this basket.

    Shall we feed the marginal producers and the poor by producing ourselves or by a few or will it be better to create systems that will encourage and engage these vulnerable sections of the population to produce food for themselves and then add to the world’s food basket?

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