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SOURCE Institute of Food Technologists
The latest interviews from FutureFood 2050 share scientific, entrepreneurial, and cultural perspectives on feeding the hungry in Africa and beyond, including insights from Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
CHICAGO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To envision challenges and solutions we may face in feeding 9 billion people anticipated by 2050, we can look to developing economies and countries that epitomize the difficulty and reward of planning for the future of food security. Scientific solutions to food challenges in Africa are the theme of recent interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) as part of its FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative.
"The eradication of hunger is not just an end in itself: It is a first step toward sustainable development and progress in general, for a hungry man is not a free man. He cannot focus on anything else but securing his next meal," said Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former U.N. Secretary General. In one of the articles, Annan notes that his experience in addressing global challenges has given him a unique viewpoint on the need not just for nutrition, but the benefit for all that comes from creating a food secure continent.
His belief is that in addition to addressing hunger, Africa will also benefit from job creation for the growing percentage of young people in rural areas, through farming, processing, and transportation of crops.
In this latest article series, FutureFood 2050 continues to take an expansive look at food security, an international topic of great importance to food scientists and the global population. These articles on doctors, activists, professors, and entrepreneurs will look at the innovative tactics that are making an impact in countries across Africa and beyond. The stories go further than the typical coverage by highlighting the personal impact that these people are making, in particular the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been saved and countless others impacted by food science.
These experts have identified the need for successful smallholder farms, increased investment, and a cultural and policy shift towards nutritional foods as key needs for Africa to achieve food security. In addition, they believe that by addressing these challenges, Africa can not only feed itself but it can also produce enough surplus food to expand its role in the global food economy.
The leaders and visionaries addressing these issues in Africa who were profiled for FutureFood 2050 this month include:
Currently, African farming has agricultural yields that are less than half of the global average. The farmers there depend on rain rather than technology, and only four percent of irrigable land in Africa is actually irrigated. There are major challenges in getting access to reliable seed, and only about one quarter of Africa's smallholder farmers have access to good seeds, compared to 80 percent of farmers in China. New varieties are needed because many of the seeds farmers use today are inherently low-yielding and vulnerable to crop diseases and pests. Furthermore, when crops are produced it is oftentimes difficult to get them to market.
FutureFood 2050 is a multi-year program highlighting the people and stories leading the efforts in finding solutions to a healthier, safer and better nourished planet to feed 9 billion+ people by 2050. Through 2015, the program will release 75 interviews with the world's most impactful leaders in food and science. The interviews on Africa are the fourth installment of FutureFood's interview series, following sustainability, women in food science, and food waste.
Next year, FutureFood 2050 will also debut a documentary film exploring how the science of food will contribute solutions to feeding the world.
For more information, please visit FutureFood2050.com to subscribe to monthly updates, learn more about the project and read the latest news on food science.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Institute of Food Technologists. Since its founding in 1939, IFT has been committed to advancing the science of food. Our non-profit scientific society--more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries--brings together food scientists, technologists and related professionals from academia, government and industry. For more information, please visit ift.org.
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