Science, collaboration keys to food security


Countries should tap into the power of science and technology, and have collaborative policies for agriculture development in order to address the issue of food security, according to an official of Monsanto.

“When countries became more open and have collaborative policy and regulation, agriculture development and competitiveness will increase,” said Yong Gao PhD, director of Corporate Engagement Asia and Africa at Monsanto Co. and president of Monsanto China.

He added the power of advanced sciences and biotechnology can assure food security in the next years.

Monsanto has invested more than $1.5 billion in promoting and developing new research and science tools for farmers. Most of the innovations are part of new biotech traits, elite germplasm, breeding and hybrid development, and even genomic research.

Monsanto’s digitally integrated solution also creates technology platforms and digital integration to address evolving needs of farmers and growers. These changes include the change in yield, controlling of insects, weeds, and diseases, and increasing fertility. The leading technology platforms include germplasm position in corn, soybeans, cotton, and vegetables enhancement through technology in breeding.

Growing more food from the same area farmland is more important, according to Dr. Gao. “The future growth of sustainable agriculture will be driven by science and technological innovations as farmers seek to optimize their harvest while operating within a number of resource and climate related constraints,” he said.

“It requires continuous investment in breeding, biotechnology, crop protection, and data-science driven precision in agricultural tools,” Gao added.

According to Gao, artificial intelligence has a great impact when it comes to changing the landscape in food production. He did not elaborate.


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