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An Open Science Agenda for Sustainable Food Security

Catherine Woteki
Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics


The world needs to intensify agricultural production by 70-100% by mid-century to meet the projected demand for food, and will need to do so in the face of even greater environmental challenges. Because these challenges are global in nature, the solutions must be as well. A forward-thinking ag science policy can lead the way towards sustainably intensifying agriculture over the next few decades and keeping pace with a more crowded planet.

In this day and age, technology makes the prospect of a globalized "open science" a reality. Open science means collaboration, coordination, sharing resources to maximize research productivity, and sharing the tools to help people help themselves. This talk will address international efforts to develop six strategic, open science platforms to achieve sustainable food security. These platforms hold much promise for fostering the research to reinvent global agriculture.


Last Modified: 10/9/2012
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