Hank Roark, a systems engineer and senior researcher at Deere & Co. and recent graduate of the MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program, will present a free webinar titled "Applying Systems Thinking to World Hunger: Seeking Solutions in Agriculture, Food Production,
and Sustainability" on Monday, July 15 from noon - 1 p.m.
Roark maintains that systems thinking offers possibilities for simultaneously addressing the increasingly urgent and interrelated issues of world hunger and sustainability. His webinar will demonstrate how this approach can help categorize complex components, such as:
- global population, which is projected to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050;
- agricultural production, which will likely need to double to provide enough food, fuel and fiber for all;
- technological, business and socio-political challenges that will need to be overcome to sustainably satisfy human needs.