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Agriculture & Food Systems to 2050

This book, edited by Rachid Serraj and Prabhu Pingali, explores the threats and opportunities that global agricultural and food systems are likely to face between now and 2050. Chapter topics include global drivers and megatrends, urbanisation, technological innovation and intensification of agriculture.

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This book features a comprehensive foresight assessment, exploring the pressures – threats as well as opportunities – on the global agriculture & food systems between now and 2050. The overarching aim is to help readers understand the context, by analyzing global trends and anticipating change for better planning and constructing pathways from the present to the future by focusing on the right questions and problems. The book contextualizes the role of international agricultural research in addressing the complex challenges posed by UN 2030 Agenda and beyond, and identifies the decisions that scientific leaders, donors and policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more combined with rising incomes and changing diets can be fed sustainably and equitably, in the face of the growing climate threats.

 

Reference

Serraj, R. and Pingali, P. (eds.), 2018. Agriculture & Food Systems to 2050: Global Trends, Challenges and Opportunities. World Scientific Series in Grand Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century: Volume 2. World Scientific, Singapore.

Read the open-access book here. See also the Foodsource chapter An overview of food system challenges.

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While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.

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