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Food and Agriculture: The future of sustainability

— sector: Agriculture
— theme: Environment and climate
— type: Studies

The report focuses on vital areas of risk and offers a collection of up-to-date information on the current and likely trends for our global food and agriculture systems. It concludes that to handle growing food demand, it is clear that today's "business as usual" is not a viable option.

Author/Editor
Daniele Giovannucci, Sara Scherr, Danielle Nierenberg, Charlotte Hebebrand, Julie Shapiro, Jeffrey Milder, and Keith Wheeler
Publishing Year
2012

The report focuses on vital areas of risk and offers a collection of up-to-date information on the current and likely trends for our global food and agriculture systems. It concludes that to handle growing food demand, it is clear that today's "business as usual" is not a viable option. Investing in more of the same will not give us different or better results. Agriculture is at the threshold of a necessary paradigm shift and yet, we have not fundamentally altered the way we measure, understand, and incentivize our agricultural systems. A very diverse-thinking group of more than 70 agri-food leaders in the business, policy, "green," and social arenas contributed their vision and bold ideas. By opening the silos of partisan thinking to invite reasoned discussion, this report exposes areas of disagreement and reveals many areas of common agreement about strategic options  that are available right now. It also lays out specific "high impact" areas where smart decisions will make the most difference for more sustainable and resilient food and agriculture systems.

The report was released by the UN Division for Sustainable Development as a major strategic input to its landmark "Sustainable Development in the 21st Century" Report.

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