How a breakthrough in crop cultivation could feed millions
Researchers are studying ways to improve crop yields
A new finding that can increase crop yields by 40 percent could help feed millions of people in years to come, reads an article in Washington’s Science journal.
Photosynthesis in crops such as rice, wheat and soybeans produce toxic by-products that reduce efficiency. But, new research has shown ways to overcome that lost productivity.
First tested in tobacco plants, researchers are now replicating the results in potatoes, rice, soybeans and more. “It takes 10 to 15 years for technologies like this to undergo [a] rigorous regulatory approval process, which examines engineered crops for health and environmental impacts. Thus, it is all the more urgent to invest in these types of technologies today,” Paul South, a molecular biologist and lead author of the study, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we’re committed to joining with the global community’s goal to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.” We work in communities around the world to cultivate gardening skills, so families can eat healthy and earn an income.
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For nearly 60 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.