Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security

The Food and Agricultural Organization has just released its 2017 report “The Future of Food and Agriculture:Trends and Challenges.  From population dynamics to changing food systems, from climate change to increased competition for natural resources, the report assesses global trends affecting food and agriculture and depicts what is at stake and what needs to be done to realize the vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition. Ten global challenges facing and shaping the future of agriculture are described:  infograpFAOtrends 

  • Sustainably improve agricultural productivity to meet increasing demands
  • Ensure a sustainable natural resource base
  • Address climate change and intensification of natural hazard
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and reduce inequality
  • End hunger and all forms of malnutrition
  • Make food systems more efficient, inclusive and resilient
  • Improve income earning opportunities in rural areas and address the root causes of migration
  • Build resilience to protracted crises, disasters and conflicts
  • Prevent transboundary and emerging agriculture and food system threats
  • Address the need for coherent and effective national and international governance.

NC State University is making further investments in agriculture research and a hiring new multidisciplinary team of faculty across colleges to galvanize to solve global food security problems.

The Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Chancellors Faculty Excellence Program cluster at NC State hosted an international symposium March 23-24, 2016 in Raleigh, NC and brought together experts that study emerging plant diseases and their arthropod vectors. The speakers synthesized new developments on emerging plant disease biology and discussed an expanding array of new technologies to gather, analyze, synthesize, and share knowledge about emerging infectious diseases of plants that affect global food security. Four sessions with invited keynote speakers and a closing panel and a dynamic poster huddle session in the Hunt Library’s  Visualization Lab was given by speakers. For more information and to download the program click Emerging Plant Disease Symposium NCSU