Lynn professor discusses how science could feed the world at conference in Ghana

Ahmed says improved agricultural productivity of oilseeds could help end world hunger
Lynn professor discusses how science could feed the world at conference in Ghana Khalique Ahmed (right) and Ghana’s federal minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Sherry Ayittey, at the PACN conference

Published Dec. 06, 2011

Khalique Ahmed, a professor of chemistry and physics in Lynn University’s College of Liberal Education, traveled to Accra, Ghana, last month to attend the International Pan African Chemistry Network (PACN) conference on agricultural productivity.

The conference, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, focused on how the chemical sciences can help feed the world. On Nov. 22, Ahmed presented his paper entitled, “Overview of Scientific Methods for the Assessment of Oilseeds Nutrients” in which he stressed the need for the improved agricultural productivity of oilseeds.

“Oilseeds play an important role in meeting nutritional needs," said Ahmed. "On a per gram basis, they provide two times more energy than proteins and carbohydrates. They are also a good source of micronutrients including vitamin E, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.”

World Hunger

Most of of the world's hunger is concentrated in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean countries, but due to the economic recession, the developed world is also experiencing it.

"The cause of hunger in United States is very different than in the rest of the world," said Ahmed. "There is no doubt that the practices of our farmers are in line with the scientific advances. However, our retailers, food services and consumers waste around 100 billion pounds of edible food per year. Some of the steps that can be taken to reduce hunger in U.S. are: reduce food waste, increase access to full time employment and expand the federal nutrition programs."

More on Ahmed

Ahmed has more than 20 years combined teaching, research and administrative experience – ten of which have been at Lynn. His research is focused on the application of infrared and near-infrared photonics to the understanding of the basic and applied problems.

In this role, Ahmed can speak to the media about problems in the areas of application of photonics to disease detection and monitoring, food science, and analytical methods development, among others.