Back

Discover CALS

See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

Share
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Food
  • Global Development
  • Plants

This is one of five vignettes showcasing faculty research related to redesigning 21st century agri-food systems.

A research professor in the Department of Global Development, Edward Mabaya studies food security, development and agribusiness value chains, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. An estimated 140 million people in Africa already face acute food insecurity, a critical problem for the continent with the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population.

Mabaya works at the intersection of science, economics, policy and farmer outreach: Through projects like the African Seed Access Index, he identifies “choke points” in each country that are preventing new seeds or technologies from reaching the smallholder farmers who need them most. 

Though the challenges are great, so are the opportunities, he said: Africa’s growing population means more mouths to feed, but also more hands to do the work. Its youth means more adaptability to embrace the kinds of revolutionary technologies that could enable a quantum leap forward to reimagine just, sustainable food systems. 

“I believe in the power of technologies in transforming agriculture and rural development,” Mabaya said. “I really believe that beyond the ability of agriculture and food systems to feed and nourish us, they are also the pathway to development, prosperity and peace.” 

Keep Exploring

Scott Cosseboom works at the Cornell Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

News

The Cornell Hudson Valley Research Laboratory (CHVRL)’s new plant pathologist will focus on sustainable disease management in specialty crops, which is critical to New York’s agriculture industry. Scott Cosseboom started as senior research...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
A man tends to crops in a field.

News

A systematic analysis of 40 years of studies on public crop breeding programs found that cereal grains receive significantly more research attention than other crops important for food security and only 33% of studies sought input from both men...

  • Crops
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section