Dr. Xin Zhang, an Assistant Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), recently co-presented a webinar sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Over 500 participants from across the globe attended the virtual session entitled “Synergies and tradeoffs in sustainable agriculture,” which examined various tradeoffs (the choice of one entity, action or outcome over another) and synergies (interactions between two or more entities, actions or outcomes that produce a greater combined effect than the separate effect of each) in the development of sustainable agriculture policies and programs.
Zhang’s presentation, “Evaluating tradeoffs and synergies between agricultural productivity and sustainability,” offered findings from a recent FAO-funded literature review on the topic conducted by Zhang, along with Dr. Eric Davidson (UMCES-Appalachian Laboratory), and Tan Zou, a current Ph.D. student in Zhang’s laboratory. An exexcutive summary of the findings can be found here.
FAO, an agency of the United Nations, works internationally to combat hunger and address issues of food security worldwide.