How will we feed 2.5 billion more people by 2050?
Will there be enough water for a thirsty world?
How can we improve the livelihood of our world’s 2.5 billion farmers?
On February 12th leading agricultural experts took on these question and addressed other challenges facing farmers and nations in the 21st century in a town hall 2.0 format at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Taking questions via youtube, twitter, e-mail, and facebook the panel addressed the concerns of citizens around the globe.
Comprising the panel was:
* Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff; Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and to the Administrator of USAID Rajiv Shah. Author of “Mendel In The Kitchen”
* Dr. Robert Paarlberg, Wellesley College. He is the Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Author of: Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out Of Africa.
* Dr. Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Professor of the Practice of International Development. Director, Science, Technology, Globalization Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
* Mark Cantley, former Advisory in the Directorate for Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food, of the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission, and formerly head of the OECD’s Biotechnology Unit.
* Dr. Gale Buchanan, CAST report lead author; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The University of Georgia, Tifton Campus; former USDA Under-Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.