About This Issue
- Volume 24 Number 1, Fall 2009
- The Fall 2009 issue of the Centerpiece features the field research work of four Weatherhead Center Undergraduate Student Associates. Amanda Pearson provides an overview of the “The Sustainability of the World's Food and Farming Systems” faculty workshop, which began this fall. The workshop is co-chaired by Weatherhead Center Associate Robert Paarlberg (Department of Political Science, Wellesley College), Noel Michele Holbrook (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), and John Briscoe (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Harvard School of Public Health). We also provide an update on the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies selection process for pre- and postdoctoral fellowships.
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Main Cover Image: A resident of the Kibati camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) carries a bag of food ration distributed by the World Food Programme in collaboration with the nongovernmental organization, CARITAS. North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photo courtesy of the United Nations
- What is the Sustainability of the World's Food and Farming Systems?
- By Amanda Pearson
- Food security and sustainable food systems are complex topics that stand at the intersection of many disciplines. Although agricultural scientists such as Nobel Peace Laureate Norman Borlaug (1914–2009) were at the forefront of the “Green Revolution” and its attention to global food security starting in the 1940s, the challenge goes far beyond crop science alone. The Green Revolution spread technologies that assisted developing countries in improving their food production. Such technologies, which had not been widely used outside industrialized nations, included irrigation projects, expanded use of pesticides, fertilizers, and other inputs, and adoption of new crop varieties.…
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