Derek Byerlee is a member of the Science Council of the CGIAR and a consultant and advisor to a number of international organizations. Formerly, he was rural strategy advisor of the World Bank and codirector of the 2008 World Development Report, Agriculture for Development. Before joining the World Bank, he was director of economics at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico, and associate professor at Michigan State University.

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The United Nations’ first global assessment of the planet’s land resources makes for grim reading when it comes to agriculture. It warns that a quarter of all farmland is already highly degraded at a time when the world’s population is growing exponentially. The UN estimates that farmers need to produce 70 percent more food by […]

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