Global Food Security in the 21st Century is the topic of the next free USGS public lecture on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 pm given by research geographer Prasad Thenkabail. He’ll cover topics relating to these facts:
- Worldwide demand for food will require more than one billion hectares of new cropland to feed 9 billion plus people by 2050
- Presently, of all the water used by humans over 70% goes towards agriculture to produce food in most countries
- Remote-sensing from space will provide crucial data for policy development affecting croplands and their water use
- Social scientists recognize global food security as a primary requirement for human advancement, overall health, and peaceful coexistence.
The lecture will take place in Building 3, Conference Room A on the USGS campus (Ravenswood Ave.) in Menlo Park.