Public research universities, as the discoverers, analyzers, and curators of agriculture, food systems, fisheries, aquaculture, and nutrition information, have a unique leadership role in creating knowledge that will ensure equitable access to sufficient food and nutrition security for all people. Opportunity exists for public research universities, in partnership with the private sector and local governments, to share research and knowledge resources related to food and nutrition security. Allowing equal opportunities for all sectors, especially small and entrepreneurial producers, to access and share vital information will promote broader use of information that is important to the food system. The time is right to create such a platform and universities, as the discoverers, analyzers, and curators of information and data, should be the natural leaders in this effort.
Addressing the issue of inclusion and equity in the charge to create food and nutrition security globally demands an examination of affect the gender composition has on the global food scene. Women play a major role in increasing the performance of the agricultural sector and eradicating hunger, particularly in low-income countries where women account for 43 percent of the agricultural workforce. Therefore, closing the gender gap in agricultural productivity by giving women the same access to resources as men could help reduce the number of undernourished by as much as 100 to 150 million people.