Monday March 28th 2011 » 14:30 - 17:15
Chairperson : Matthew Hills (Head of Operations, Norwich Research park)
Scientific sessions : For more food - better food
Talk 1 : Outline the challenges facing the world in increasing crop yields and biomass
» Donald Ort (Research Leader, Global Change & Photosynthesis Researh Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service Urbana, IL Professor, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana)
Talk 2 : New plants - lower inputs
» Hervé Guyomard (Scientific Director, INRA, France)
Talk 3 : Nutritional quality of food and effects on health
» Cathie Martin (John Innes Center, Norwich)
Round table : Which new agronomy for a sustainable and productive agriculture?
Donald Ort (Research Leader, Global Change & Photosynthesis Researh Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service Urbana, IL Professor, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana)
Ismail Seragaldin (Director, Biblioteca Alexandrina, Professor, College de France)
Claudia Paoletti (Dr., Senior Scientific Officer GMO Unit, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) )
Hervé Guyomard (Scientific Director, INRA, France)
Marc Van Ameringen (Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) )
With an estimated global population of around 9 billion in 2050, it's clear that we have to produce more food in the coming decades. However, there are limited opportunities to expand the area of agricultural land without huge detrimental impact on the natural environment.
To produce food in a better way means identifying and developing new modes of agriculture, using new technologies crossed with traditional approaches, particularly in developing countries where sophisticated systems of production are often not affordable.
In accessing better food people must be able to benefit from an affordable well balanced diet, avoiding excess fat and sugar. Their diet should contain all the micronutrients, amino acids, vitamins and other components which are needed for human health and well-being, and which are so important for children’s growth and development.
With this theme, we will address the challenge of increasing crop yields in a more sustainable way, exploring some research programs focused on reduction of chemical inputs used in modern agriculture, as well as the development of bio-fortified crops.