Food-crop production

07 April 2009

In October 2008, the Royal Society and others held a two-day, multilateral workshop on food crop production at the National Institute for Plant Genome Research, Delhi. This event brought together sixty scientists from the UK, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mozambique to discuss the current and predicted challenges to world food-crop production, scientific possibilities for enhancing food-crop production and barriers to the application of science and technology.

The intention was to explore some of the cross-cutting themes which are relevant to scientists working in this area, rather than to serve as an exhaustive review of the state of the science.The discussion at the workshop has fed into the Royal Society's current study into the biological approaches to enhance food-crop production, which is due to be completed in autumn 2009. The attached document reflects the main themes of the discussion which took place at the workshop.