In the first plenary session at the EFFoST International Conference on Tuesday 6 September, four renowned speakers will present an overview of the challenges in their countries.
Prof. Gilles Trystram, the general director of AgroParisTech, will give the introduction by discussing the evolution of the food market. His research focusses on food process engineering, and thermal processing of food in particular. His researches are conducted as part of numerous international research projects and collaborations with private companies.
The African food challenges will be presented by Professor Umezuruike Linus Opara, a professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His current research focuses on innovative post-harvest technologies for reducing losses, maintaining quality and adding value to agricultural and horticultural products. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Horticultural Science and is the In-coming President of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR).
Dr. Chindi Vasudevappa, vice chancellor of the Indian National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, will present the specific food challenges in India. This is a complex multicultural country exposed to high demographic pressure and climate change threat.
And finally, Dr. Songming Zhu from Zhejiang University will address the food challenges in China, the most populated country in the world. With only approximately 11% of the world's arable land and 18.2% of the world’s population, the equation for food security in China is a real challenge. This will be addressed and compared to India, which is facing the same demographic pressure but with more arable land.
For more information about this session and the programme visit the EFFoST conference website.