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Tropical Biodiversity and Food Security

Tavana, G [1].

Tropical Biodiversity and Food Security.

The fight against hunger is one of the greatest challenges facing the world over the coming decades. An increasingly unpredictable and changing climate, and a world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, will place unprecedented demands on agriculture. Crop diversity is fundamental to defeating hunger and achieving food security but there are only about 150 crops grown for food worldwide. In Polynesia, elite varieties of tropical crops have been bred over millennia to provide food security in the face of climate change, drought, the incursion of oceans, hurricanes and typhoons. Crops such as kava, taro, coconut, breadfruit and others provide many lessons and genetic resources for future food security worldwide.


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1 - National Tropical Botanical Garden, 3530 Papalina Rd, Kalaheo, HI, USA

Keywords:
food security.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S7
Location: 178/Law
Date: Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM
Number: S7001
Abstract ID:847


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