One of the world's leading tropical soil scientists and winner of the 2002 World Food Prize, Pedro Sanchez recently joined The Earth Institute as director of tropical agriculture and took on the task of co-chairing the Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger at the United Nations. Sanchez has developed a soil replenishment technology that can end hunger in some of the world's most impoverished areas, including sub-Saharan Africa. On Tuesday, April 8, he will offer a lecture entitled "Eliminating Hunger in Africa: What Needs to Be Done," reflecting on his recent trip to east Africa and the many possible ways to increase global food security using a wide range of solutions.
The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR.
On Thursday, May 1, at 4:00 p.m., Klaus Lackner, Ewing Worzel Professor of Geophysics, will present a lecture entitled "Energy's Role in Sustainable Development." The event will also be held in Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR. Lackner believes that energy is a crucial piece in the fight against global poverty. But how can we deliver cheap and sufficient energy that is clean enough to avoid environmental disaster? Lackner, a founder of the Zero Emissions Coal Alliance, contends that a transition to hydrogen-based fuel by itself does not solve the greenhouse gas problem, and advocates capture of carbon from the air in order to control the effect of emissions on the atmosphere.
Both events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Additional information is available on the Earth Insititute's Web site, or by calling 212-854-1434.