On October, 20, 2014 at 7:30 am PT, a new crop analysis will be unveiled. The results of the six-year collaborative research project, “The Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas,” will be shared. The Atlas is designed to help farmers policy makers, foundations and private sector organizations identify regions with the greatest potential to sustainably produce more food with strategic use of inputs such as water, fertilizer or better seed.
The unveiling will take place during the sixth annual Water for Food Conference in Seattle, Washington October 19-22, 2014. One focus will be how to produce enough food for more than the estimated 9 billion people living on the planet by 2050.
The event will bring together more than 250 world experts working to overcome the urgent food challenge of sustainably producing enough food to meet the demands while conserving natural resources and ecosystems. The conference will feature presentations by world-renowned experts, including:
- Robb Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Monsanto
- Roberto Lenton, Founding Executive Director, DWFI
- Jeff Raikes, Co-Founder, Raikes Foundation; Former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Jeremy Bird, Director General, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka
Hosts for the event include Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration is still open. Click here for more information and online registration.