Robert Bertram to deliver lecture on food security on Mar. 31

Robert Bertram to deliver lecture on food security on Mar. 31

Robert Bertram, the renowned scientist leading the nation’s efforts to solve global problem of hunger and food insecurity, is scheduled to deliver a lecture on coming Thursday, March 31, in The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center auditorium.

Sponsored by the E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer Series in Auburn’s College of Agriculture, Bertram’s “The End of Hunger: from Vision to Reality” lecture will be free and open to all members of the community.

The E.T. York Lecture Series was founded in the College of Agriculture in 1981 after the late E.T. York and his wife Vam Cardwell York donated funds for the same. Mr. York was an Auburn agronomy & soils alumnus. He directed what is nowadays called the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for a couple of years.

Bertram is serving as the top scientist for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security’s science-based research to delve into innovative technologies to ensure food security.

The effort of part of the federal government’s “Feed the Future” initiative that aims to ensure food security amid fast-growing world population.

Before assuming the role of top scientist at the food security agency in 2014, Bertram served as the director of the bureau’s Office of Agricultural Research & Policy. In previous positions, he guided the agency’s investments in agriculture and natural resources research as well as played a key role in USDA’s various international programs.


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