Dr. Andrew Noble, Program Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, presented “Feeding 9 Billion People without Destroying the Planet: It is Possible,” on Friday, June 27th at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Feeding 9 billion people in 2050 will not only require that we produce 70% more food. It will also require significant changes in the way we manage water and land resources given increasing climate, economic and financial crises and rapid urban and population growth. The CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) seeks to identify innovative solutions that support a sustainable intensification of agriculture recognizing the critical role that ecosystems can play to enhance agricultural productivity and improve livelihoods. He presented key achievements of WLE since its inception in 2012 and focused on several ‘WLE stories’ in different river basins which demonstrate that it is possible to unite agriculture and nature for poverty reduction.