With millions of people escaping poverty in the developing world, the amount of food we need to grow will increase. At the same time, threats to the supply of food will also increase, creating a massive production gap. At Planet Forward's Salon on Women, Agriculture and Climate Change, Molly Brown, a research scientist at NASA, explains how technology can help to mitigate this gap. NASA’s satellite sensing data is 30 years old, providing a clear picture of the changes in weather and temperature while tracking the most fertile regions. This data is changing lives, but technology alone isn’t enough.
Tjada McKenna describes some of the other ways USAID’s Feeding the Future Initiative is working to address this production gap in the developing world, especially for women. “Women are the solution,” McKenna says. Women produce 60-80% of the food that is consumed in developing countries, as well as playing a part in all aspects of rural life. So when women gain access to labor-saving technologies, as well as the data and information Molly Brown discusses, the impact on the health and welfare of families is multiplied.