Policy Seminar

From Concepts to Realities

Nov 14, 2011 -
12:15 pm to 01:45 pm

Promising Nanotechnology Applications for Agriculture & Water Safety in Developing Countries

Nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of material measuring between 1–100 nanometers in at least one dimension, is leading to the development of potentially revolutionary technologies in a variety of industries, including agriculture and food. By increasing productivity, reducing postharvest loss, improving product quality, increasing the competitiveness of agricultural producers, and improving market access, advances in nanotechnology may present new opportunities to improve the livelihoods of the poor, if the multiple challenges to their use can be overcome.

This IFPRI Policy Seminar will discuss specific, publically developed applications of nanotechnology in agriculture and water safety that have the potential to have an impact on poor populations in developing countries. Guillaume Gruere of IFPRI will provide a brief overview of potential agriculture, food, and water nanotechnology applications, and the challenges faced in using those applications. Alberto de Campos Bernardi of EMBRAPA, Brazil, will talk about the promising results of a natural nano-zeolite application to improve plant nutrient uptake and better animal feed intake, and Winston Soboyejo of Princeton University will talk about the newest ceramic water filtration device he developed to reduce water-borne pathogens in Africa, and its ongoing commercialization in Western Nigeria.

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.