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Woodson Chairs APLU Food Security Commission

Chancellor Randy Woodson in his office. NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson has been named chair of The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World, a commission convened by APLU, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, to address growing domestic and global food security challenges and to ensure universal food security by 2050.

The commission will draw on the unique academic, research and leadership capabilities of public research universities to help solve those challenges by identifying research, education and engagement efforts to ensure the three pillars of food security—access, availability and utilization. It is expected to issue a report in early 2017 with final recommendations for both public research universities on how to align their agenda to meet this challenge and for the new presidential administration on how it can provide federal support of such critical research efforts.

Woodson, past chair of APLU’s board of directors and an accomplished educator in plant physiology, has long been a part of the organization’s leadership and is uniquely qualified to engage leading scholars in the agricultural, biological, physical and social sciences, as well as development experts, public university administrators and former senior government officials. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided financial support for the commission’s work.

The commission will offer a comprehensive agenda through the work of interdisciplinary working groups focusing on the entire food system from production to consumption with the goal of identifying the key breakthroughs required in both domestic and global production and non-production issues to achieve future  food security around across the globe.

The working groups will address these areas with consideration of cross-cutting issues, including environmental effects of agriculture, climate change, policy and governance and institutional and system changes needed to address the key challenges identified.

This article was originally published by NC State News.