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Agricultural expert outlines path for developing nations to double food production, meet 2050 demand
Date:5/16/2012

uizen praises Malaysia for initiating steps to secure its food supply because improvements will be gradual, with annual food production increases estimated at 2 or 3% when sufficient efforts are applied.

"It is certain that demand for food will double in coming decades," he says. "Countries need to start working on addressing this need as soon as possible. If you wait until there is an urgent need to increase production, you are too late."

Chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the year-old GSIAC is today comprised of international experts in education, economics, business, science and technology, each volunteering to help the Asian country achieve an environmentally-sustainable, high-income economy driven by knowledge and innovation.

Host of the meeting in Manhattan is the New York Academy of Sciences, which co-chairs the GSIAC Secretariat and last year helped assemble international Council members from China, India, Russia, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA, including two Nobel laureates.

"Food is the essence of human life," Prime Minister Najib told the Council. "For those in the rich world, it's often about grocery stores, or even about menus. But for the billions of people who go hungry every day, it's about survival. It's about empty plates and bowls and families whose children will see a life's opportunities limited because of the lack of nutritious food that has harmed their ability to grow and learn."

Progress across a range of GSIAC projects

GSIAC and Malaysian experts offered updates on other Council programs, including the Malaysian Biomass Initiatives (MBI), designed to substantially increase high-skilled jobs and add billions of dollars to national revenue by converting waste from the country's massive palm oil industry into green industrial chemicals, biofuels and other products. The Council's expertise is being engaged to help maxi
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Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-878-8712
Malaysian Industry‑Government Group for High Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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