February 05, 2023

Purdue experts talk global food security

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Gebisa Ejeta, World Food Prize laureate and professor of agronomy at Purdue University, is one of many scholars concerned about global food security.

“I am bothered by the inequity around the world both within and between nations,” Ejeta said. “The gap is growing. It is a gap in resources and in the knowledge base. For the betterment of humanity, we need to narrow these gaps.

“There are still abundant natural resources and a sufficient knowledge base to support more equitable economic opportunities to feed, nourish and shelter humanity and keep our planet in perpetuity.”

Other experts from Purdue’s College of Agriculture shared their perspectives on food security issues:

“Agriculture can’t be rushed and is a relatively slow process. The industry can’t respond immediately to changing needs and demand. Farmer sentiment has been volatile since COVID. Supply chain issues from COVID have also not yet been resolved, which puts pressure on all businesses.”

Michael Langemeier, professor of agricultural economics

Purdue University

“Economic conditions and food supply disruptions are occurring that could lead to political instability in more countries across the globe. We aren’t there yet, but there is reason to be concerned. The agricultural system can’t immediately increase supply. The hamburger you are eating today is the result of decisions made three years ago.”

Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of agricultural economics

Purdue University

“International partnership is critical to bridge the gap from here to our full potential. We must open the doors and share our knowledge and innovations.”

Mohammadi Mohsen, associate professor of agronomy

Purdue University

“The recent increases in gas and crop prices suggest that we need to implement a set of well-defined policies to manage both the agricultural and energy market as these markets interact in various ways.”

Farzad Taheripour, research professor of agricultural economics

Purdue University

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor