Working towards food and nutritional security

V Buchanan-Wollaston1 and BJ Pogson2

  1. University of Warwick, UK
  2. Australian National University, Australia

Increased global population as well as the likely negative impact of climate changes on global crop yields and quality will result in increase in the number of people with limited or no access to sufficient and nutritious food. Two of the current GPC initiatives investigate these challenges. Stressful growth conditions brought on by a changing and unpredictable climate can result in severe yield losses. Therefore, crop stress resilience is another aspect of Food Security that has been investigated. We need to generate crops and cropping systems that are able to adapt to a changing climate and plant and crop science researchers across the globe should come together to develop solutions that can contribute towards this significant global challenge. A GPC workshop was held in Brazil last October and the outcomes from this will be described. Malnutrition is a major global problem resulting in massive social and economic costs. Impacts on humans include increased mortality, impaired learning, and greater susceptibility to disease and infection, with consequential economic and societal impacts. In transition countries malnutrition underlies much of the increasing incidence of obesity and associated chronic diseases including cancer, type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In July 2014 the Global Plant Council (GPC) brought together key stakeholders in Xiamen, China, to discuss and outline a strategic plan that would help to coordinate and advance global plant-based endeavors to reduce global malnutrition and improve human health. The ten recommendation of this forum and Report that is available for download will be presented.