IFPRI Environemnt and Production Technology Division (EPTD) cordially invites you to attend a

Brown Bag Seminar on


“Can GM Crops Help to Feed the World?”


Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS

Honorary Fellow, St Edmund’s College

Cambridge CB3 0BN

President, European Academies Science Advisory Council German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Halle, Germany Director, Programme for Food Security and Sustainable Development, Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre, c/o Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ

Monday, April 30, 2012

2:30 – 3:30 pm

4A Conference Room



World population is forecast to grow from 7 to 9 billion by 2050, 1 in 6 are already hungry (1.17 billion) and food production must increase by 70-100% during that time. No single solution will solve this problem but the new genetic technologies of plant breeding developed during the last few years can help to address the problem. Adopting existing and available improved planting material and agronomic practices, agricultural production in Africa could increase substantially.  In addition, genomics, marker-assisted screening, phenotype analysis, and computer modelling have greatly accelerated the breeding process.  The problems and challenges now lie in the implementation of these impressive scientific advances where they are desperately needed, currently and for the future.  And this is the very issue that has not specifically received adequate attention or support so far.  The aim of the proposed Templeton project is to produce a model for dialogue and communication in African nations – Ghana and Tanzania in particular, as well as in Nigeria and Uganda – selected on their willingness to engage in the adoption of new genetic technologies (including GM where appropriate), to address food security and poverty alleviation, and because of their diverse regional climatic and soil differences.