Friday, 4 April 2014

Upcoming Publication: Crop yields & global food security

An invaluable reference book on opportunities for crop yield increase to feed the world to 2050 will be released by ACIAR in May 2014. This will be published in ACIAR’s Monograph series (No. 158). Download a flyer.

CROP YIELDS AND GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY: will yield increases continue to feed the world? is aimed at agricultural scientists and economists, decision-makers in the food production industry, concerned citizens and tertiary students.   The authors, Tony Fischer, Derek Byerlee and Greg Edmeades, are all world-renowned agricultural scientists.


It will provide:
  • a detailed tour of the key breadbasket regions of the world to understand progress in crops yields over the past 20 years
  • information on crop area and yield change for wheat, rice, maize, soybean, and 20 other important crops
  • a discussion of ways for achieving the target yield goals to enable food security without a substantial increase in cultivated lands
  • implications of further yield increase for resource use, agricultural sustainability and the environment.

Critique:
"These three wise men who understand agriculture better than just about anyone have homed in on the critical questions and taken an unbiased look at the evidence." David Lobell, Macarthur Fellow (2014–18), Stanford University, California, USA
HOW TO ORDER
The 640-page book, published with the assistance of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), will be available for purchase (A$85, incl. GST, plus postage) from ACIAR’s website in May 2014.

Contact ACIAR Communications to arrange for bulk-order discounts, or sale on consignment:
aciar@aciar.gov.au +61 2 62170534

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