S-A2 Feeding 9, 10, 11 Billion Sustainably Part 1

Providing health nutrition for a global population projected to rise from 7.3 billion to 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100 is one of the most fundamental and profound challenges facing humanity. Do so without depleting water and energy needed for other purposes and without devastating the world ecosystem is the question of this session. There are many opportunities to address this problem through new approaches to agriculture and reduction of food waste. Issues such as getting more food from existing farmed land, efficient use of water and energy, new forms of intensive agriculture such as aquaponics and aquaponics in controlled environments, new food systems, addressing “diet gaps” and “food deserts”, food waste and efficiency.


This session is paired with S-D6. Brief opening and closing remarks will be given by the organizers of of these sessions, Jerry Miller, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; and Ron Sands, U.S. Department of Agriculture. See S-D6 for their bios.


Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture


  • Mark Oshima, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder, AeroFarms
  • Pedro Sanchez, Director, Agriculture and Food Security Center, Columbia University and World Food Prize Laureate
  • Sara Scherr, President, Ecoagriculture Partners
  • Keith Wiebe, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

Ann Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Previously, she was Deputy Chief for Research & Development, for the USDA Forest Service, a position she began in January 2004. She recently served as Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January to October of 2009, and was the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative in the Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC.

Sara Scherr is the Founder and President of EcoAgriculture Partners, a pioneering non-profit organization that advances the practice of integrated landscape management and the policies to support it. She chairs the global Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative. An agricultural and natural resource economist specialized in land management policy in tropical developing countries, she earned her MSc and PhD at Cornell University. Prior to founding EcoAgriculture Partners, she was the Director of Ecosystem Services at the non-profit Forest Trends; co-leader of the CGIAR Gender Program; senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; and principal researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre based in Nairobi, Kenya. (202-393-5315; sscherr@ecoagriculture.org)

Keith Wiebe leads a research program on Global Futures and Strategic Foresight at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Prior to joining IFPRI in October 2013, he was Deputy Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, where he managed a program of economic research and policy analysis for food security and sustainable development, and helped coordinate preparation of FAO’s annual flagship reports on the State of Food and Agriculture and the State of Food Insecurity in the World. His areas of particular interest include land tenure, natural resource use and conservation, agricultural productivity, and food security.

Pedro A. Sanchez is Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He served as Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (previously known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, or ICRAF) headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1991 to 2001; as co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Project Hunger Task Force from 2002 to 2005; and as director of the Millennium Villages Project from 2004 to 2010. Sanchez is Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University. He has supervised research programs in over 25 countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He is the 2002 World Food Prize Laureate and a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 2012. (845-680-4452; psanchez@ei.columbia.edu)

Marc Oshima has an extensive marketing background in retail, brand management, and media with leading companies including Toys R Us, L’Oreal, and Turner Broadcasting. He brings invaluable experience specifically from the food industry where he had headed up marketing for The Food Emporium, a leading NY metro grocery store chain and for Citarella gourmet markets which has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Specialty Food Retailers in the United States. Passionate about creating new businesses, Marc helped launch GameTap, the first on-demand broadband video game network and Beautyjungle.com, the first site authorized to sell both prestige and mass beauty products.

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