Feeding the world – part 3
Dr Thomas Lumpkin, Director General, CIMMYT
60-70% more output is the wrong target. We should be doubling, trebling production per unit of land. We should then give some land back to bio-diversity.
9 billion tomorrow will eat the equivalent of 11 billion today.
Akinwumi Ayo Adesina, Minister of Agriculture, Nigeria
We found oil. We abandoned agriculture. We have to take agriculture seriously again. Agriculture is not a social sector. Agriculture is a business.
Our policy is government enabled private sector led investment. We have to shift the productivity frontier forward. We use 8,000 tonnes of seed. The potential is 1 million tonnes.
Africa has the greatest potential to contribute to feeding the world.