Debate: what role will technology play in the future of food security and farming?

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World hunger is on the rise. Today, over 820 million people are undernourished, and the number is growing, with conflict and climate change exacerbating food insecurity and crises around the world.
The vast majority of undernourished people live in developing regions. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, almost a quarter of the population suffered from chronic food deprivation in 2017.  
By 2050, there will be another 2 billion people on the planet. The threat of climate change and extreme weather events will make it even harder to grow enough good, well-balanced food for a world population racing towards the 9 billion mark. Producing more food also carries climate risks of its own, ripping through vast amounts of fuel, land and water at unsustainable rates.

So what can be done?

On Tuesday 13 November at 14:00 hours (GMT), SciDev.Net will host the second of four online debates examining key issues in science for development. We will bring together those on the front line of farming and research to discuss the future of food security and agriculture, in a world running out of resources. At the heart of these discussions will be the role of technology in food production and climate resilience, and how to put the right tools, tech and training into the hands of farmers.

We would love you to join us. To take part in the debate on TUESDAY 13th November 2018, scroll down to the comments section, or Tweet using the hashtag #SciDevDebate.



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