Food Security In The Developing World
More than 800 million people in the world go to bed hungry every night, according to the UN World Food Programme, and the vast majority of them live in developing countries. With global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production will need to increase by at least 70 percent to meet the demand.
Arcadia is committed to providing developing nations with access to transformational agronomic traits that will have a meaningful impact locally and globally. Arcadia actively pursues opportunities to contribute ideas and technologies to address the challenges of feeding people and improving economic wellbeing.
Some of Arcadia’s international development projects include:
- African rice varieties with enhanced nitrogen efficiency (NUE rice), and combined NUE, drought and salt tolerance (NEWEST rice)
- Heat tolerant wheat varieties for South Asia
- Abiotic stress tolerant rice and wheat for India
- Abiotic stress tolerant rice for Bangladesh and Indonesia
- Abiotic stress tolerant millet for Africa and South Asia
Arcadia has also helped expand the expertise of international scientists through capacity building training programs, both in-country and in the U.S.