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By 2050, 2 billion more people are expected to be vying for food and energy. Access to fresh water and arable land will be heavily constrained. And the food supply for the world's 9 billion people will be increasingly produced under flood conditions, drought or both, as climate change accelerates.

A research panel, featuring five Cornell scientists, discussed "Food for the Future: Where Are We Going and How Do We Get There?"-- outlining the future challenges and innovations particular to their disciplines--at a daylong symposium, "Food Security in a Vulnerable World," held September 12, 2013.


  • Chris Barrett, applied economics and management
  • Johannes Lehmann, crop and soil sciences
  • Rebecca Nelson, plant pathology and plant-microbe biology
  • Syed Rizvi, food science
  • Michael E. Van Amburgh, animal science

Hosted by International Programs in Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS), the symposium kicks off the fall lineup of events that continues the yearlong celebration of IP-CALS' 50 years of international engagement.