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Source: International Food Policy Research Institute news release

During a half-day summit and live webcast, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) leaders will launch a new study detailing the technologies that can enable agriculture to tackle global food security challenges in 2050, when climate change impacts will be severe. The results find yield increases as high as 115% in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America when select technologies are adopted by growers, leading to large global reductions in food insecurity, hunger, malnutrition and natural resource use.

Summit participants will explore the key regions and countries where the study finds higher technology uptake could significantly improve food security, food prices and natural resource use. Discussions will also highlight the global and national policies needed to bring existing technologies to farmers in developing regions and intensify development of innovations in the agricultural pipeline.

The technologies examined in the study include: crop protection, drip irrigation, drought tolerance, heat tolerance, no-till, integrated soil fertility management, nitrogen-use efficiency, organic agriculture, precision agriculture, sprinkler irrigation, and water harvesting.

Mark Rosegrant, Division Director, Environment and Production Technology, IFPRI - Lead Author

Robert Carlson, President, World Farmers Organization

Guillaume Gruere, Senior Policy Analyst Trade and Agriculture, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Johannes Linn, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution

Tom Campbell, Senior Advisor, CNFA, whose expertise is improving rural livelihoods in developing countries

Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Judy Chambers, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI and Director, Program for Biosafety Systems

Summit Moderator: Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University and founder of Planet Forward

Feb. 12, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Eastern

9:00am: Opening Remarks - Shenggen Fan, IFPRI Director General

9:15am: Keynote and Panel - Mark Rosegrant, IFPRI; Guillaume Gruere, OECD; and Robert Carlson, World Farmers Organization

11:00am: Getting Technologies to Farmers - Johannes Linns, Brookings Institute; Tom Campbell, CNFA; Ruth Meinzen-Dick, IFPRI; and Judy Chambers, IFPRI

Newseum Conference Center, 8th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

The summit also will be webcast live on IFPRI's website.

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