Over one billion people globally are already undernourished and food security is a major issue – with the world’s population forecast to reach nine billion by 2050. Environmental change, new trading patterns and urbanisation are all expected to increase pressures on food security in coming years.
To meet the challenge of feeding the world’s rising population, it is essential to ensure individual farmers are helped to grow more and get the best out of their land. Bioscience has a crucial role to play in achieving this. Scientists are working together to look at ways to develop crops better able to grow in the harsh environmental conditions experienced daily by farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, including drought, poor soil and crop disease.
Over 40 international research organisations are joining forces in a unique initiative that will harness bioscience to improve food security in developing countries. This project aims to develop staple crops more able to resist pests and thrive in harsh environmental conditions. With the continual efforts by the UK’s Science and Innovation Network, this joint call for proposals on food productivity was successfully launched.