11/01/2011 03:01 EDT | Updated 01/01/2012 05:12 EST

Wall promises institute to study food security, saying Saskatchewan has answers

SASKATOON - Premier Brad Wall says Saskatchewan has the answers to questions on food security as the world's population hits seven billion and demand grows for food.

Wall says his Saskatchewan Party would create a Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan if re-elected Monday.

He notes that the province accounts for 67 per cent of the world's lentils and more than half the supply of potash, which is used in fertilizer.

The Saskatchewan Party says it will put up $1 million in next year's budget to establish the new Global Institute for Food Security.

It would focus on two main questions: how to sustainably expand the supply and quality of food now and in the future, and how to ensure that food gets to those who need it most.

Wall says the goal of the institute will be to create unparalleled innovations in food-related scientific discovery, technology and policy.