The Global Food Security and Hunger educational program is formulated with a unifying goal to better understand the problems and issues on global food security.
A multi-disciplinary team of agricultural scientists and professionals have been brought together to develop and promote best practices that are likely to help resolve the problems of hunger and food insecurity. Partnerships among researchers in plant science, animal science, and agricultural economics will explore strategies to strengthen the capacity of communities to have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet the needs of people and improve their quality of life.
The interdisciplinary team is working towards the achievement of specific objectives which include:
(1) promoting reproductive efficiency and nutrient utilization of livestock;
(2) enhancement of healthcare management and genetic improvement of animals for proper selection of breeding stock;
(3) development of technologies to improve the production of alternative crops, maximize their economic value while minimizing adverse impact on the environment; and
(4) utilization of research tools and economic models in agricultural production, farm management, marketing, finance, and community development to create policies designed to achieve long term food security.
The program will serve to consolidate and complement food policy by engaging related disciplines into identifying ideas and strategies that can be of long-term benefit to communities.
All collaborators have committed themselves to work with this program to ensure that it complements their work in different areas of agriculture.
Knowledge Areas Covered under this Program
- Soil, Plant, Water, Nutrient Relationships
- Plant Management Systems
- Insects, Mites, and Other Arthropods Affecting Plants
- Weeds Affecting Plants
- Reproductive Performance of Animals
- Nutrient Utilization in Animals
- Genetic Improvement of Animals
- Improved Animal Products (Before Harvest)
- Animal Diseases
- New and Improved Food Processing Technologies
- Business Management, Finance, and Taxation
- Market Economics
- Community Resource Planning and Development
- Economic Theory and Methods