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Global agriculture expert Paul West to present at AAAS Annual Meeting

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Paul West, co-director and lead of the Institute on the Environment's Global Landscapes Initiative, will present at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on February 12. West will discuss opportunities for subsistence farmers to enhance productivity while considering climate change, water availability and quality, and habitat loss.

In regions of the world where increasing crop yields is crucial to improve food security, smallholder farmers lack local data to help them make the best decisions. The talk will highlight work by GLI and other organizations, and illustrate how large-scale data sets can be used to target actions.

The takeaway, said West, is that "global and regional data sets can provide key insights into the opportunities and risks related to improving both food security and the environment in data-limited areas"

The talk, Sustainable Food Production in Data-Limited Regions: Insights from Global Analyses, is part of a panel discussion and Q&A to take place on Friday, Feb. 12 from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C.

The Global Landscapes Initiative is a strategic initiative of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment that collaborates with leaders from around the world in agriculture and related sectors to develop solutions for meeting current and future global food needs while sustaining our planet.

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