Currently there are almost one billion undernourished people in the world. Hunger is intimately intertwined with poverty caused by lack of income and land resources. The solution to hunger must start from the ground up, especially since many of the world’s hungry also live in rural areas.
Agronomists use skills and knowledge across the areas of soils, agroecology, climate, crop diversity, and plant breeding to help identify and analyze systemic problems facing the agriculture of an area. Contributing this training to the knowledge and practices of local farmers, in the context of their culture, could generate creative ideas that have the potential to take aim at one of the most unjust and unacceptable problems of our time. Agronomists are "confronters of world hunger".