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Will 11 agricultural technologies feed the growing population?

How is agriculture going to feed a growing world population with limited resources and the impacts of climate change? The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a new book, Food Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity, which discusses 11 agricultural technologies and which to pursue as competition grows for land, water and energy. This book is an important tool for targeting current and future investment decisions, IFPRI reports.

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The authors, Mark Rosegrant (et al), use a modeling approach to assess the yield (of corn, rice and wheat) and food security impacts of 11 agricultural technologies under varying assumptions related to climate change and technology adoption. The 11 technologies examined in the book are as follows:

  1. Crop protection
  2. Drip irrigation
  3. Drought tolerant varieties
  4. Heat tolerant varieties
  5. Integrated soil fertility management
  6. Nitrogen use efficiency
  7. No-till
  8. Organic agriculture
  9. Precision agriculture
  10. Sprinkler irrigation
  11. Water harvesting,

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