Who better to address the problem of world hunger than a university built on agricultural research and study? At Mississippi State University, student-led teams are leveraging a century’s worth of renowned research and experience to lead the way in developing new agricultural technologies. Researchers in the MS Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are growing better crops, creating alternative irrigation methods and devising innovative systems to move vital resources from farm to table.
Of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger, Mississippi State is a leader.
“University research, outreach and teaching have helped feed the world’s growing population throughout the past century,” says MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “We have vital expertise to contribute to every aspect of the challenge and every step of the food chain – from the laboratory, to the farm, to the market and to the table.”
With the world’s population expected to top 9.5 billion by 2050, food production will need to double to keep pace. MSU students are helping prepare for the future today — by finding ways to use unmanned aerial vehicles to boost crop production, creating new water sources for developing countries, researching disease-resistant crops, and developing safer and more effective ways to use pesticides and herbicides in crop protection.
Opportunities for students to make a difference are as numerous as the problems that loom. Across campus, a collaborative research program in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service is helping enhance food safety and the quality of farmed products such as catfish, seafood and produce. Mississippi State’s Global Center for Aquatic Food Security is providing a platform for students to discover solutions that ensure a safe, worldwide supply of seafood. Student researchers are also helping eradicate food-borne pathogens and improve the health of cattle, leading to greater production and market value.
Through Engineers Without Borders, students are combining forces to address hunger issues and water resources in Zambia, Africa, and other third-world countries.