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Agriculture and Food: The future of sustainability

Author: Daniele Giovannucci , Sara J. Scherr, Danielle Nierenberg et. al
Organisation: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development
Publish Date: March 2012
Country: Global
Sector: Agriculture
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Food
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Food security, Food waste, Dietary changes, Population expansion, Agricultural sector, Global markets, Technology and innovation, Land degradation, Climate change, Energy market, Natural resources

On our current trajectory, severe disruptions to national and regional food systems are highly likely to happen - the main question is when. This report, commissioned by the UN DESA as a strategic input to SD21 and the Rio discussions, focuses on vital areas and offers a collection of up to date information on the current and likely trends for our global Food and Agriculture systems. With contributions from more than 70 global agri-food leaders in the business, policy, green, and social arenas, the report exposes unforeseen areas of consensus. By opening the silos of partisan thinking to invite reasoned discussion, it also exposes areas of disagreement and lays out a key set of specific "high impact" areas where smart decisions will make the most difference for sustainable and resilient food and agriculture systems.
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