Food for the Future
The population of the world is expected to grow by a third to nine billion by 2050. In order to feed this growing population, global food production will have to increase significantly.
Improving Crops with Nuclear Science
On his second voyage to the "New World," Genoese explorer, Christopher Columbus, sent a ship back to Spain carrying a letter to Ferdinand and Isabella, his sponsors and the Spanish King and Queen, dated January 30, 1494. He was asking for provisions for his men. Among the items on his list was "barley" and so the nutritious cereal was introduced to the Americas.
Why Radiation Induced Mutation?
Pierre Lagoda, Head of the FAO/IAEA Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, explains why ‘induced mutation breeding’ is a practical, sustainable solution to the world’s food crisis.
Food Security and Staple Crops
For health experts, food security is assured “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”, according to the WHO. Much of that security depends on a surprisingly small number of plants, called staple crops.
Small Yams, Big Deal
Yams are a big deal to tens of millions in dozens of countries. Available year-round, it’s a reliable food source, especially for the poor in tropical regions.
Soil Isn't Just Dirt
"Improving soil quality is a long term issue. But if we don't start working now, there won't be any good soil left in the future. And where will our food come from then?" asks IAEA/FAO Soil Scientist Gerd Dercon.
Climate Smart Agriculture
By 2050, the world population will increase to more than nine billion people, and many will live in developing countries that already confront a food crisis. Currently, around 870 million people in the world are "undernourished," they do not have enough food. In the next 40 years, the world will have to harvest 70% more food to feed everyone adequately.
Global Challenges in Animal Diseases
Livestock is the economic backbone for many farmers in poor countries. However, nearly 25% of the world’s livestock is lost to animal disease. These losses cause hardship for threequarters of the world’s rural poor and one-third of the urban poor, who depend solely on their livestock for survival.