Impact of Giving

Strategic Campaign Priorities of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Food Security, Production, and Human Health  

With a world population of 6.7 billion—projected to grow to more than 9 billion by 2040—sustaining growth in food production is of singular importance. Every day more than 860 million people go hungry worldwide. The quality of our diet is also crucial. Malnutrition is at critical levels in developing countries, while obesity increasingly plagues developed nations. The safety of our food—threatened by disease or contamination outbreaks—is a constant concern. As a result, CFAES is focused on the following: improving agricultural production to ensure an adequate and affordable food supply, preserving agrosecurity to safeguard our food, and promoting the basics of nutritional health for a growing global population.

Environmental Quality and Sustainability

Sustaining population growth and economic growth must be balanced with the preservation of natural resources and of environmental assets. The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in pollution, natural resource depletion, and environmental degradation. Linked hand in hand with environmental sustainability is an urgent need for the development of ecologically benign resources for economic activity. In this signature area, CFAES is working to understand, protect, and remediate the environment and ecosystems to ensure long-term stability.

 

 

Advanced Bioenergy and Biobased Products

Global fossil fuel energy prices are at record levels. With concerns regarding carbon emissions from fossil fuels, the race is on to develop renewable energy sources with nominal environmental impacts. Biofuels have a substantial role to play in the future of global energy supply. The country’s desire to limit its dependence on overseas oil sources also fuels the development of alternative sources for the plastics, chemicals, and rubber industries. As such, CFAES is focused on developing biomass-based advanced energy technologies and value-added biobased products such as fuels, specialty chemicals, and fiber products.