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1.1 How can staple crops contribute to food security for 9.6 billion in 2050?

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The challenges of sustainably supporting 8-10 billion people by 2030/2050, and the visions for improved crop production that needs to change to ensure food security and to all, will be presented. Five panelists will draw conclusions regarding the priorities for publicly funded international agricultural research. Key points that will be emphasized include: • Crop productivity increases currently do not keep pace with demand which will lead to further food price increases unless action is taken now • Food price increases will delay efforts to reduce poverty, perpetuate malnutrition, and be an incentive for further deforestation • Demand for more food, and more nutritious food will increase in the developing world • Most production increases will need to come from the developing world where climate change impacts will also be the most severe Today’s investment in international agricultural research will determine technologies and know-how available to farmers in the 2020s to 2030s. Inadequate investments in crop productivity increases threaten the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), leading to food price increases, malnutrition, deforestation, among others. Panelists will also link their remarks to the SDGs that apply to this particular topic. These include: • SDG1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere: Indirectly, by increasing the income of smallholder (predominantly subsistence) farmers through the sale of excess agricultural production generated through productivity gains (higher yields per area and lower costs of production). • SDG2: End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture through the use of higher yielding bio-fortified crop varieties and associated improved agronomic practices. Moderator: Raj Kumar, President and Editor in Chief, Devex Speakers: David Watson, Manager, CGIAR Research Program on Maize H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, African Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Natalie Rosenbloom, VP, Sustainability and Signature Partnerships, Monsanto Tim Searchinger, Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University and Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director, IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology (ETPD) division