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UPSIGN Webinar on World Food Day


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the food system was already under immense pressure from climate change causing the depletion of natural resources, soil degradation, water shortages and increasing threat from invasive species (pests) and diseases. In addition, new varieties have been found to be low in trace elements & essential minerals having an impact on ecosystems, animal and human health.

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This webinar highlighted the need for taking immediate action to protect our food system as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Development of a resilient and holistic food system is key to fight hunger, improving both quality and quantity of food produced.


  • Educating the next generation, the importance of soil health

  • Restoring soil health is the foundation of producing nutrient dense high-quality food which will improve human health

  • Increase urban agriculture

  • Look into adaptive and innovative solutions such as speed breeding technologies and others which will increase agricultural productivity

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  1. Keynote speaker: Prof Ratan Lal, Ohio University, World Food Prize Winner 2020

  2. Guest Speaker: Dr Tina Barsby, CEO & Director NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany), Cofounder Cambridge Crop Science Centre

  3. Moderator: Dr Khalid Mahmood, UPSIGN & Rothamsted UK

  4. Panel Member: Dr Shahid Mansoor, NIBGE (National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering)

  5. Panel Member: Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan, Pakistan Academy of Sciences

  6. Panel Member: Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Chair Sub-Committee, Agriculture, Member of National Assembly of Pakistan

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