Feed The Future – Gbola Adesogan

How will we feed the world in the future when we are doing such a poor job of it now? Many of us are fortunate enough to not worry that our own families will get enough to eat. And some are fortunate that they can do something to improve the prospects of feeding the world. One of those fortunate enough to make a difference is Dr. Gbola Adesogan, Director of the Feed The Future Innovation Lab at the University of Florida. Dr. Adesogan joins Farm To Table Talk and explains the current and future state of the world. Animal-source foods are commonly lacking in the diets of the poor and vulnerable in developing countries, particularly children and women who need them most. Due to their high content of quality protein and bio-available micronutrients, increased consumption of animal-source foods can improve the nutritional status as well as the growth, psychomotor functions, cognitive development, and health of children–especially infants under the age of two. Dr. Adesogan’s work focuses on sustainably improving livestock productivity and marketing and animal-source food consumption using appropriate improved technologies, capacity development, and policies, in order to improve the nutrition, health, incomes and livelihoods of vulnerable people while reducing the environmental impact of livestock systems “Regenerative agriculture” will change the conversation about livestock and climate change. Progress will improve household nutrition, food security, and incomes, in addition to the competitiveness of smallholder livestock systems—feeding the future.

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