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Feed The World……..in 2050!
Anyone with an interest in current affairs will know that world population is growing at break neck speed and with people living longer than ever. Some governments and scientists are beginning to question how the earth will be able to feed itself, let alone individual countries.
ESP KTN played a key role in the development and delivery of an e-Agri Landscaping Workshop, “Preparing the Way for Europe”, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Initiated by the University of Manchester (who have a particular expertise in this field), the aim was to discuss potential “e” solutions to address some of the key challenges of feeding the increasing global population, predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050.
More than 100 key UK, EU and international delegates drawn from the Agri-food sector, technology providers, business development and funding bodies attended a keynote presentation on ‘Meeting the challenge of the global food crisis’ from Professor Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science. This was followed breakout sessions to discuss the drivers and opportunities associated with these challenges and explore possible “e” products, services and technologies that could address them.
The outputs of this workshop (available on the _connect platform in the ‘Documents’ section of the ESP KTN’s e-Agri Group) and subsequent suggestions from the wider ESP community will help inform the development of an e-Agri strategy to feed into the Global Food Security programme and the successor to the EU FP7programme, EU Horizon 2020, as well as fostering the development of potential partnership projects to seek funding under future calls from TSB / RC-UK