Jan
15

Date: Monday, Jan 15, 2018

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Nanaimo Campus

Building 355 Room 203


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Building 355 Room 203 Theatre

Dr. Nina Fedoroff
Jan 15th 7PM
Building 355 Room 203

The 20th century saw a dramatic expansion of agricultural production through the pervasive spread of agricultural science and technology, principally fertilizers, mechanization, and improved seeds. While the current problem for global food security is one of inequitable distribution, biophysical factors will increasingly constrain our ability to provide food for the 9-10 billion people expected by century’s end. These will arise as a result of climate change, loss of arable land and limitations on the availability of water. I will discuss the potential of science and technology to overcome such constraints and the cultural factors that are likely to impede success.

Nina V. Fedoroff received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Rockefeller University and has served on the faculties of the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Johns Hopkins University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Fedoroff has published three books and more than 160 scientific papers. She is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and a 2006 National Medal of Science laureate. Fedoroff served as the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State and to the Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2007 to 2010. She is member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and serves as Senior Science Advisor to OFW Law, Washington, DC.
Contact Name:
Robert Wager
Contact Email:
robert.wager@viu.ca


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