Iowa State University and Heifer International, an international development nonprofit organization, have agreed to explore new opportunities and projects to use science to address world hunger and poverty.
The collaboration is the first agreement from ISU's Global Food Security Consortium, one of the recently announced ISU Presidential Initiatives for Interdisciplinary Research. The initiatives pull together researchers from ISU, other institutions, national labs and industry to tackle significant challenges of national and international importance.
"Our goal is to build on our research strengths and on Heifer International's long history of successful development work to get our faculty and students engaged in interdisciplinary approaches that provide sufficient food and nutrition," says Max Rothschild, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture & Life Sciences and professor of animal science at ISU.
Feeding a world population of 9.6 billion people by 2050 is a huge challenge
Rothschild and Manjit Misra lead the Global Food Security Consortium. "Innovative advances in climate-resilient crop and livestock science and the ability to transfer technology to those who need it most are at the heart of addressing hunger and poverty," says Misra, a professor of ag and biosystems engineering who serves as the Dean's Chair for Distinction in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. He is also the director of ISU's Seed Science Center.
"With a projected world population of 9.6 billion people predicted by 2050, the challenge is to provide sufficient food and nutrition for all, while protecting natural resources," adds Rienzzie Kern, senior director of program operations at Heifer International, based in Little Rock, Ark. "Through the partnership, we'll continue to find new ways to deliver on a well-researched, impactful agricultural development model. That is our own challenge because the global situation demands it."
Heifer International's goal is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth
Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. For nearly 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer International works in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. More information about Heifer International is available at the website.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
ISU's Global Food Security Consortium will bring an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and innovative approach to world hunger and poverty through focused research in five major areas: germplasm and seed systems; climate-resilient healthy crops; climate-resilient healthy animals; post-harvest and utilization; and policies, regulations and trade. The consortium joins other internationally focused programs in ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, including: the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, which works in Uganda to improve food security through agricultural education, improved nutrition education, livestock and crop production and microfinance; the Global Resources Systems major, which trains students to participate in international agricultural development; and research on development of new food crop varieties and seed centers to propagate improved crops.
July 11 Is World Population Day, an effort to create awareness sponsored by United Nations
July 11 is World Population Day, sponsored by the United Nations. The U.N. estimates global population will swell to 9 billion by the year 2050. Most of this growth will occur in urban areas and emerging economies in Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Cities such as Delhi, India; Sao Paolo, Brazil; and Lagos, Nigeria will become the largest in the world, while rural areas will lose inhabitants.
Today, at least one billion people around the world do not get enough to eat. A nearly equal amount (1.4 billion) are overweight, and can suffer from various health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Women farmers in the world's poor countries do much of the farming there--but they often lack access to land, credit and education making it harder for them to provide for their families. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates if women had the same access to these services as men, global malnutrition could be reduced by 12% to 17%.
But committed groups around the world are highlighting the connections between population growth, gender, reproductive health, agricultural production, and environmental sustainability and the need for integrated, holistic approaches to nourish both people and the planet.