Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research launches multi-million-dollar international effort to accelerate crop development

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, has joined with a number of private sector partners to launch the Crops of the Future Collaborative, a new consortium that will accelerate crop breeding to meet global food demand 20-50 years in the future. FFAR’s initial $10 million commitment is expected to leverage significant additional investment from partners.

With the world population projected to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050, the Crops of the Future Collaborative will accelerate crop breeding through an innovative public-private model that pools proprietary knowledge, financial resources and technology to carry out crop-specific research initially focusing on maize, leafy greens, and wheat and small grains. The consortium will hone in on how a crop’s genetic information can yield traits needed to meet global nutritional demands in a changing environment.

The new consortium will increase capacity to breed crops with specific traits, leading to plants that are adapted to different environments. Target crop characteristics might include enhanced nutritional qualities or ability to withstand environmental challenges such as drought, heat, or flooding. Ultimately, knowledge generated by the Collaborative will be publicly available through scientific publications and informational platforms, benefiting public and private crop breeding efforts.

 

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3 Responses to Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research launches multi-million-dollar international effort to accelerate crop development

  1. Brian Guell says:

    I applauded your commitment to improving crop production to help feed our growing world population. I have some concern for you however. Not that you wouldn’t be able to produce great results because I’m sure that you will, but rather for public acceptance of your results. For instance, we have Roundup Ready corn, GMO corn, rBST milk and other scientifically proven products which have been tested for public food safety even more than some FDA approved drugs, yet the consumer refuses to accept them. They would rather buy organic which is generally 30% less productive than traditional farming methods and therefore also lower effiencies and less “green”. How will you combat negative perceptions about the results you achieve? In my opinion, that will be a bigger hurdle than the research you are about to undertake. Not that I want to discourage you because I really do what to see you succeed but how will you gets your results to the market place?

  2. Hawkings says:

    That’s good news, we definitely need crops that don’t depend on pesticides to give a bumper harvest. That’s what will protect our environment; chemical pollution is as bad as global warming caused by use of non-renewable energy sources.

  3. Punit Kumar says:

    Yes it will be very helpful saving our environment.

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