Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security Conference

24-27 October 2016
Stellenbosch, South Africa

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A fast-growing world population, estimated to reach 9.1 billion in 2050, presents numerous challenges, many of them requiring scientific and technical solutions. ASABE has identified food security, as well as water security and energy security, as a critical theme among these challenges. The Society is pleased to host this conference, in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, to facilitate the exchange of information, to foster innovation, and to encourage the development of partnerships necessary for solving food security challenges.

Goal

Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security will bring together stakeholders from across the world to address the challenges and opportunities for engineering and technology in producing and providing healthy and safe food in a sustainable manner. Additionally, the conference seeks to energise sister organisations in Africa to address the food security crisis through international collaboration and information exchange. Thought leaders in global food security from the African and Middle Eastern region will be invited to provide keynote addresses.

Who Should Participate?

The conference is a must-attend event for engineers, scientists and others who are involved in food production, processing, handling, trading, and marketing; NGOs interested in food security; and government officials working in the areas of agriculture, food, and the environment. The event will also be of interest to those wishing to build partnerships among sister organisations to address regional issues and barriers that are most relevant to regional food security.

Scope

The conference will focus on all engineering and technology necessary to ensure the availability of a consistent food supply; access to sufficient resources to produce or purchase food; ability to store and preserve food for an adequate shelf life; and opportunity to make healthy, nutritious dietary choices. These include food productivity, reduction of post-harvest losses and food wastage, improvements in agricultural technology and informatics, the need for climate adaptation of agriculture, benefit international development projects, and facilitate technology scale-up.

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