I had the honor of welcoming Dr. Chang-gil Kim, President of the Korea Rural Economics Institute (KREI), to IFPRI to extend the memorandum of understanding between IFPRI and KREI.
Planetary health is increasingly at risk under climate change, and projections indicate that crop production and food prices will be impacted globally. At the same time, drastic changes are needed in agri-food systems to mitigate climate change. Under business as usual, the agriculture sector alone will almost reach the target emission levels set for all sectors to limit global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius in 2050. In this regard, research – particularly foresight modelling tools – is critical for long-term planning and decision making in agricultural policies.
As such, IFPRI and KREI have agreed to continue building a joint research program, focusing on climate change impacts on food and water security agendas in Korea and East Asia. Research on big data, food industry and rural revitalization will also be key, considering South Korea’s rich experiences in these topics.
I look forward to our continued collaboration for a sustainable and food-secure future in Korea and beyond.