The future of dryland cereals and legumes for the smallholder farmer in the semi-arid tropics

Vadez, V and Bossuet, J (2013) The future of dryland cereals and legumes for the smallholder farmer in the semi-arid tropics. Secheresse, 24. pp. 250-251. ISSN 1147-7806

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Besides a major financial crisis since 2008, a major inflation and volatility of the price of the most important staple foods such as rice or wheat is threatening global food security, especially for the millions of poor in developing countries. Food production has returned to the top of the political agenda worldwide. Today, we are at a crossroads. About 850 million people still go to bed hungry. Food production needs to be increased by about 70% in the next 40 years to feed over 9 billion people by 2050 and food systems have to be more inclusive of the poorest population. To achieve this increase and food access for the most vulnerable, many challenges need to be addressed, including a changing climate and shrinking natural resources. Innovations such as high yield wheat and rice cultivars and fertilizers sparked a green revolution in South Asia in the 1960s but they are now showing certain limits in terms of sustainability and profitability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dryland Cereals, Grain Legumes, Small holder farmers, semi-arid tropics
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Chickpea
Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Mandate crops > Groundnut
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 07:52
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 07:52
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