Crop research needs a system of integrated labs across the globe

BY MARK ROSEGRANT
Despite advances in agricultural productivity thanks to higher and more stable crop yields, the world is nowhere close to meeting the projected global demand for food in the coming years. To close that gap, crop research institutions should undertake a systematic effort focusing on raising productivity—including cooperation across borders, global knowledge sharing, and building better research infrastructure. This push will require additional investments, including private sector funding, to meet the challenge of improving integration of crop research to ultimately feed future generations.