USAID official discusses challenges of feeding growing global population

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,

COLLEGE STATION – A senior official from the U.S. Agency for International Development recently praised Texas A&M University and its students for becoming one of seven institutions participating in USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network.

“I want to applaud you and you should applaud yourselves,” said Dr. Alex Dehgan, USAID’s science and technology adviser to the administrator, speaking at a recent lecture at the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M campus.

Dehgan’s remarks drew a rousing ovation from the student and faculty audience.

Texas A&M’s Conflict and Development  is a member of the agency’s Higher Education Solutions Network — a partnership which aims to utilize academic institutions to help fuel research and progress in tackling our world’s most challenging development problems.

As one of seven institutions selected to join the network, Conflict and Development seeks to improve the effectiveness of development solutions for conflict-affected and fragile countries, according to officials.

The lecture focused on the challenges of food security, climate change, resource management, and political instability in a rapidly-changing world.

“Fundamentally, the planet is changing,” Dehgan said, adding that by 2050 approximately 9 billion people will be living on the planet, putting increasing strains on both water and food security.

Dehgan noted the many technological advances taking place in human health and discussed how those achievements can be built upon through future innovation.

Dr. Ed Price, Howard G. Buffet Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M, concurred that these natural resource management issues contribute  immensely to conflict around the world.

Price praised Dehgan for “encouraging leadership at the university to think creatively about this new partnership and how it can build on and enhance Texas A&M University’s mission of service around the world.”

Dehgan closed with a call to the students.

“I hope you take the opportunity to dare mighty things to help us achieve the grand challenges of our day.”




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