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The role for scientists in tackling food insecurity and climate change

  • John R Beddington1,
  • Mohammed Asaduzzaman2,
  • Megan E Clark3,
  • Adrian Fernández Bremauntz4,
  • Marion D Guillou5,
  • Molly M Jahn6,
  • Erda Lin7,
  • Tekalign Mamo8,
  • Christine Negra9Email author,
  • Carlos A Nobre10,
  • Robert J Scholes11,
  • Rita Sharma12,
  • Nguyen Van Bo13 and
  • Judi Wakhungu14
Agriculture & Food Security20121:10

Received: 10 April 2012

Accepted: 25 June 2012

Published: 20 July 2012

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Archived Comments

  1. Scientists also need to tackle the demand side of the food insecurity equation

    14 August 2012

    Michael Lardelli, The University of Adelaide

    It is a rather stunning omission from this article that it does not consider the role scientists need to play in tackling the main driver of food insecurity which is the increasing size of the human population. If population growth is not stopped then all efforts at increasing food supply will ultimately prove futile. Cheaper, easier to use, accessible and acceptable contraception combined with increased female education are vital. Scientists must not be afraid to state the obvious facts about population growth - that it drives food insecurity, habitat destruction and loss of species diversity, conflct over resources and leads ultimately to poverty, famine and death.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Government Office of Science
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
INRA, French National Institute for Agricultural Research
University of Wisconsin
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Ministry of Agriculture
Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
National Advisory Council, Prime Minister’s Office
Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science
African Center for Technology Studies