Global food and agribusiness leaders convened last week to urge college and graduate students from around the world to contribute their time and talent to the fight for global food security. The 2013 International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) Conference in Atlanta, Ga., was focused on how to best attract, educate and retain the talent necessary to create sustained food security and economic growth to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population.
“We are entering an era of unprecedented talent scarcity, which, if left unaddressed, will slow down economic growth and food production around the world,” said Thad Simons, president and CEO of Novus International, and incoming president of IFAMA.
During Wednesday’s conference, DuPont Executive Vice President, Jim Borel, discussed what it will take to meet the food and agriculture needs of a population that is growing by more than 150,000 people daily.
“We need a new generation of food visionaries who can see the tremendous opportunity made possible by the simple fact that people have to eat,” Borel said.
The IFAMA conference featured a workshop that provided participants with a hands-on tour of the Global Food Security Index, a tool that assesses food affordability, availability, safety and quality in 105 countries. The Global Food Security Index was developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by DuPont.
“We must assure that the best minds and brightest thinkers of the next generation are fully engaged in addressing food security locally — from science and technology, transportation and logistics, and government and regulatory policy,” Borel said.