System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition


Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability

Publisher: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Our population trajectory means that from now to 2030, the world will need to build the equivalent of a city of one million people in developing countries, every five days! There is widespread consensus that, going forward, farmers must produce more food per unit of land, water, and agrochemicals. To do so, however, they simply cannot continue producing in the same way. They will have to do this while facing climate change, volatility, shifting nutrition needs, and the increasing scarcity of most of the physical factors of production. Agriculture is at the threshold of a necessary paradigm shift. This paper illustrates how leading thinkers imagine our future food and agriculture world. It eschews positions and instead invites reasoned discussion. It cuts across the thought silos intrinsic to different world views and partisan values to identify consensus and also disagreement. We solicited input from leading experts in different dimensions of agriculture, representing the perspectives of the natural and social sciences, developing and developed countries, policy and academia, public and private. Respondents were asked about most significant trends and the most important priorities in the next 20 years to ensure sustainable food and agriculture systems.

Author(s): Keith Wheeler, Jeffrey Milder, Julie Shapiro, Charlotte Hebebrand, Danielle Nierenberg, Sara Scherr, Daniele Giovannucci | Views(429) | Download (202)

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