Price spikes and problems linked with climate change are propelling food security toward the top of government agendas...
Public spending on agricultural research is on the rise, despite austerity drives in many countries, as price spikes and problems linked with climate change propel food security towards the top of government agendas, the head of a leading research body said.
"People have realised that feeding the world without destroying the environment is very likely the biggest challenge facing humanity over the next few decades," Frank Rijsberman, chief executive of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers said in a telephone interview.
The consortium, whose backers include the World Bank, the United States, Britain and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, supports research targeted for the estimated 500 million smallholder farmers with less than two hectares to work.
Via CGIAR Climate