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Welcome to the Food Workgroup.

This workgroup’s objective is to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of the many individuals and organizations around the world who are most knowledgeable about this planet's food supply to make a plausible estimate of what would be required to meet the one-time goal of making plentiful and nutritious food universally available, and what would be needed thereafter to maintain its availability at that level.

The first step, therefore, is to identify those expert individuals and organization. Below is the list as it has been developed thus far. If you happen upon additional information sources that you believe will assist in this effort, please let us know by way of the CONTACT form. Or, if you would like to engage in your own line of research, let us know the results. And finally, if you feel the concept of the Whole Earth Design Project is something that you may wish to become involved in, let's get acquainted.

The situation now:

"The number of people suffering from hunger and poverty now exceeds 1 billion." -- G8 Joint Statement on Global Food Security, 10 July 2009

"Today, hunger preys on nearly a billion people, stunting children and national economies. Hunger is the world’s greatest solvable problem but it does not require a scientific breakthrough. We have the money, technology and knowledge to do it." The Year in Review, 2011 -- UN World Food Programme

"Over 1 billion people are employed in world agriculture, representing 1 in 3 of all workers. In sub-Saharan Africa, over 60 percent of the entire workforce are involved in agriculature." -- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

To let us know what you have to say about this subject, go to the discussion page where The Subject is Food.

Here are some of the experts:

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research(, a consortium consisting of the following 15 research centers:

1. Africa Rice Center (

2. Bioversity International (

3. CIAT - Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (

4. CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research (

5. CIMMYT - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo ( Thomas Lumpkin*, Hans-Joachim Braun*, Gary Atlin*

6. CIP - Centro Internacional de la Papa (

7. ICARDA - International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (

8. ICRISAT - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (

9. IFPRI - International Food Policy Research Institute ( John Hoddinott* Shenggen Fan*

10. IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (

11. ILRI - International Livestock Research Institute ( Carlos Sere*

12. IRRI - International Rice Research Institute (

13. IWMI - International Water Management Institute (

14. World Agroforestry Centre (

15. (ICRAF) WorldFish Center (

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( Kostas Stamoulis*, Pasquale Seduto*, Parviz Koohafkan*, Henning Steinfeld*

United Nations World Food Program (

Agricultural Market Information System (


The Cornucopia Institute (

US Department of Agriculture ( Keith Fuglie*

US Food and Drug Administration (

Nina V. Fedoroff, Penn State Department of Biology (

Rothamsted Research (

Abhijit Banerjee*, MIT Department of Economics (

Arjen Y. Hoekstra*, University of Twente (

Jain Irrigation*, largest drip-feed company in India (

Oxfam (

AGRA, Growing Africa Agriculture ( Joe deVries*

Donald F. Larson*, Senior Economist, Agriculture and Rural Development (

Food and Water Watch (

The John Innes Centre ( Graham M. Moore*, Giles Oldroyd*, Caroline Dean*

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center ( Claude Fauquet*

  • These individuals and organizations were quoted in special section, "The 9 billion-people question," in the February 26, 2011 issue of The Economist