Can We Improve Global Food Security?


Session Co-ordinators (on behalf of ISPP Task Force on Global Food Security):

Dr. Peter R Scott
CABI, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8DE, UK
Vice-President, 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Beijing
Chair, ISPP Task Force on Global Food Security

Prof. Richard Strange
Editor-in-Chief "Food Security"
Honorary Professor of University College London, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK

This section of the program, planned by the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP) through its Task Force on Global Food Security, is intended to direct the attention of participants to the enormity of the issue of global food security, and to suggest practical actions that can be taken to move towards sustainable food security. An item on food security has been a regular feature of the International Congress of Plant Pathology since, in 1998, Dr Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, challenged ISPP members to take action to address food security issues, including those in which plant pathogens play a role but also in a broader context.

♦ The program for Beijing takes a broad approach. Like the journal Food Security, also a product of ISPPs thinking since Norman Borlaugs 1998 challenge, it recognizes that food security goes far beyond plant pathology, and indeed far beyond plants.

♦ The first part of the program, Plenary Session 2, consists of presentations by experts, aiming to address the multifaceted nature of the challenge of food security C the physical environment; the biological environment, including plant disease; and the economic, sociological and political environment.

♦ The second part, Evening Session E1, includes an analysis of food insecurity by a recent World Food Prize Laureate, and a special report from ISPPs Challenge Programme, focusing on public awareness of plant disease in South Africa.

♦ Finally, one hour is reserved for questions from the floor to those who have made presentations, constituted as a panel of experts.

ISPPs intention is that this program will suggest further examples of action towards aspects of global food security. These will be necessarily limited in view of the resources of the Society, but they can be focused on tangible and achievable benefit where food security is a challenge.

Plenary Session 2 (Tuesday 27 August)

Time Speaker Topic
8.30- 8.45 Richard Strange (London)

Adequate Nutrition for all by 2050


Zhaohu Li (Beijing)

The Physical Environment
9.10 -9.35 Fen Beed (IITA) The Biological Environment
9.35- 10.00 Scott Rozelle (Stanford) The Economic, Sociological and Political Environment

Link to Evening Session E1: 1 Billion Hungry People: What Can We Do? (Wednesday 28 August)

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