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1st PACN Congress on Agricultural Productivity: How the chemical sciences can help to feed the world

Activity by Jemma Pyle   |   added on Jul 04, 2011   |   United Kingdom Official_iyc_logo

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The aim of this PACN Congress is bring leading scientists together to communicate and discuss current research and ideas in the agricultural sciences, and to learn from one another.

The world's population is expected to increase by more than 20% by 2030. Food security is becoming an important problem, and agriculture will need to substantially improve its productivity if it is to rise to the challenge of feeding the world.

Producing enough food for the increasing global population must be done in the face of changing consumption patterns, the impacts of climate change and the growing scarcity of water and land. Crop production methods must also be sustainable, preserving natural resources and avoiding damage to the environment, whilst supporting the livelihoods of farmers and rural populations.

The World Bank estimates that between 2000 and 2030 the global production of cereals and meat will need to increase by 50% and 80%, respectively, in order to meet increasing demands, including those of developing nations. Agricultural efficiency can be influenced in many ways, including improved pest control, a better understanding of the science of plant growth, improved water management and prediction and adaptation to climate change.

While global food production has grown by 145% over the past 40 years, food production in Africa has fallen by 10% since 1960, and this has been attributed to low investment. 

The aim of this PACN Congress is bring leading scientists together to communicate and discuss current research and ideas in the agricultural sciences, and to learn from one another.


Topic: celebrating chemistry, conferences, networking, sustainable and green chemistry Audience: professional chemists, professors
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