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International Seminar Series: Who Will Feed the World?

Wednesday, September 6th 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Title of Presentation: Who will feed the world?

Speaker: Clay Robinson, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Agriculture (AGR) at Illinois State University

Presentation Overview: The one who has much bread has many concerns; the one who has no bread has only one concern. The world population is projected to surpass 9.8 billion people by 2050, and though that is only a 25% increase in population, the food demand is predicted to double as incomes rise and diets change. Increasing food production only can be accomplished by increasing yields, increasing land used for production, or some combination of both. As demonstrated in the USA, substantial yield increases are possible through the use of fertilizer, irrigation, better genetics, plant protection chemicals, and generally better crop/tillage systems and management, but yields in much of the world are limited by lack of capital, infrastructure, access to modern technology, and unreliable supply chains. This presentation will explore the limitations, challenges, and possibilities surrounding these issues on a global scale and offer insights for a path to food security.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Clay Robinson is a native of the Texas Panhandle, and has a BS in Agriculture and MS in Plant Science from West Texas State University, Canyon, TX. He has a PhD in Soil Science from Iowa State University. Clay has worked as a professor of soils and agronomy in higher education for almost 20 years, as an environmental consultant, and as an education manager for the certification programs of the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America.

Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.

Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2017 series will focus on food justice and sustainability.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276


Bone Student Center
200 N. University Street
Normal, IL
Prairie Room North & Center
(309) 438-4636