B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
As the impact of climate change continues to grow worldwide, farmers are likely to face new challenges in the form of emerging pests, diseases, lengthy droughts and floods. The planet’s shifting weather patterns may very well represent the biggest health and food security threat of the 21st century.
Crop researchers hoping to counter these turbulent conditions will need more than the traditional tools that have been available. They’ll need to take advantage of gene editing and other new breeding techniques, suggests Nina Fedoroff, emeritus professor in molecular biology at Penn State University and a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Fedoroff spoke about the potential uses of biotechnology developements for food security and healthcare during a public meeting organized by the US Mission in Uganda. She argued that it’s crucial for governments in Africa and other parts of the world to embrace newer technologies to produce enough food for the growing global population. Read more