productivity, especially for key food crops. Recent weather and agricultural production fluctuations illustrate the impact of climate change.

Finally, some of the major factors identified by workshop participants that are likely to constrain the expansion of food supplies include the low priority given to agriculture by many developing country governments; inadequate international financial commitments to agriculture and agricultural research; institutional and infrastructure barriers to action by the private sector, including small holders; continued natural resource degradation; and many location specific challenges. Throughout the report, these themes are expanded upon.


This report is divided into two parts. Part I is a summary of workshop one—Measuring Food Insecurity and Assessing the Sustainability of Global Food Systems. Part II is a summary of the second workshop—Exploring Sustainable Solutions for Increasing Global Food Supplies. Each of these sections includes a selected bibliography, workshop agenda, list of workshop participants, and biographies of speakers. In addition, for workshop one there is a background paper—What Do We Really Know? Metrics for Food Insecurity and Nutrition and a brief description of various household surveys cited in the report. The appendixes to the full report include biographies of the planning committee and the roster of members of the Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.

The report is limited in scope to the presentations, workshop discussions, and background documents distributed to the participants. The report does not necessarily reflect the views of the committee or the workshop participants as a whole.

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