Odd weather a major threat to global food supply: expert
CNATAIPEI--Abnormal weather phenomena are a major threat to food security, but agricultural production can be increased with the use of technology to meet the needs of a growing global population, a visiting Japanese expert said yesterday.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Tetsuhide Mikamo, director of Japan's Marubeni Research Institute, said he is not pessimistic about the production of sufficient food to feed the world.
Crop yields can be increased through the application of biotechnology, irrigation techniques and the use of agricultural machinery, Mikamo said at a session on food security at the CommonWealth Economic Forum in Taipei.
“The over-concentration of food production, especially grain production in the Americas and former Soviet Union countries, means that when abnormal weather does occur in the supply area, the damage can be severe and impact on the world food market greatly,” Mikamo said.