PARIS, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The planet is quantitatively capable of
feeding its 7 billion inhabitants, though one billion people suffer
from hunger and another 1.4 billion are overweight. This disequilibrium
could even be greater by 2050, when we are expected to hit 9 billion
people. Will the Earth be able to feed all these men and women when
resources become scarce and climate change strongly threatens global
food systems? This month, Marion Guillou, President of the French
National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) [http://www.international.inra.fr ], and Gerard Matheron, President of the International Cooperative
Centre for Agronomical Research for Development (CIRAD) [http://www.cirad.fr/en/home-page ], have published The World's Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People [http://www.quae.com/en/r1409-the-world-s-challenge.html ].
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Faced with this challenge, the book offers an optimistic response: Yes,
it is possible to provide quality food to the 9 billion people who will
be living on our planet in less than 40 years. However, in order to
achieve this goal all stakeholders -farmers, politicians or ordinary
citizens- must be mobilized as soon as possible to affect a profound
change in current agricultural and food models.
"Feeding the planet". Colossal challenges hide behind this expression.
The first task is to be aware of where we are heading. If this book can
contribute to this awareness, it will already have fulfilled a part of
its mission, says Marion Guillou.
This book tries to build upon the recommendations [http://ccafs.cgiar.org/commission/reports ] sent last December to the policy makers of the Commission on
Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change (CGIAR [http://www.cgiar.org/index.html ]), chaired by Lord Beddington, and of which Marion Guillou is a member.
While it is based on scientific studies, such as the Agrimonde
foresight study [http://www.international.inra.fr/press/what_challenges_must_we_face_to_feed_the_world_in_2050 ] conducted by INRA and CIRAD, the book is widely accessible for the
Marion GUILLOU has been the president of INRA [http://www.international.inra.fr ] since 2004. Born in 1954, doctor of physical chemistry, Marion
Guillou is an engineer IGREF (Rural engineering, water, forestry).
Gerard MATHERON, has been the president of CIRAD [http://www.cirad.fr/en/home-page ] since 2010. Born in 1949, Gerard Matheron is an animal geneticist,
and a distinguished research fellow at INRA, where he began his career.
M. GUILLOU and G. MATHERON, The World's Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion
People. Quae,. " Matiere a debattre et decider ", 2012. 232 pages.
Order the book [http://www.quae.com/en/r1409-the-world-s-challenge.html ]
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