Second Annual Malthus Lecture Highlights Need to Focus on Smallholder Development

On July 14, IFPRI presented its Second Annual Malthus Lecture in collaboration with the Population Reference Bureau.  Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, presented a talk on Feeding the World Sustainably: Reflections, Issues, and Suggestions.   The lecture also featured introductory remarks from Shenggen Fan (Director General of IFPRI), Montague Yudelman (Former Chairman of the Board of the Population Reference Bureau), and Wendy Baldwin (President and CEO of the Population Reference Bureau).

The Malthus Lecture series addresses the question of how our planet can sustainably feed a population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.  Dr. Serageldin’s presentation laid out key strategies for combating rural and urban hunger and poverty, including increasing employment opportunities and access to markets, removing urban bias in policymaking, and reducing post-harvest loss.  It emphasized the fact that food security depends not just on agricultural production but also on access– for consumers, to adequate sources of nutrition and for producers, to effectively functioning markets.

In order to feed a burgeoning population, global food production must increase 70% by 2050. Smallholder farmers in developing countries can play a crucial role in meeting this target and in ensuring environmental protection, poverty reduction, and food security.

Learn more and view a complete webcast of the Second Annual Malthus Lecture.

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