Feeding the world will take the involvement of the world. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) met today at the University of Missouri to discuss that challenge. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, a member of the BIFAD board, was the moderator at the event held in the Reynolds Journalism Institute on the MU Columbia campus.
Engaging farmers throughout the world and employing the latest in ag research at U.S. universities and elsewhere are key priorities of the board which was appointed by President Obama. Former World Food Prize winner Gebisa Ejeta was among the board members present. A panel discussion involving U.S. AID, Feed the World and ag research specialists was held about the importance, worldwide, of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and environmental sustainability practices. The ag research team at the University of Missouri presented its international research projects and priorities for helping meet the global challenge of feeding an additional 2-Billion people in the world by the year 2050.