With world population rising from 6.8 billion in 2010 to over 9 billion by 2050, the world is facing about a 70 per cent increase in food demand during this period. The increase in food demand is driven by population growth combined with economic development and changes in diet composition and consumption levels.
Millions of farmers will reap the rewards of a new project to develop self-reproducing hybrid crops. Such crops could sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are part of a global project to improve cowpea production in Africa and are making progress towards incorporating ‘built-in’ insect pest protection that could help to reduce food shortages in the region.
We are leading this project funded by Australian aid, and implemented by four research agencies (CSIRO, CILSS, CORAF and CIRAD) in partnership with selected countries in Africa. The initial pilot study is with the Government of Burkina Faso.