According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), feeding the world’s growing population will require a 50 percent increase in total agricultural production by 2050. We believe that when confronted with a challenge of this scale—and urgency—all stakeholders need to work together to create a more sustainable food system that achieves solutions which are:
- Integrated and holistic: land use, water and energy efficiency, ecosystems and biodiversity are all interrelated and need to be considered holistically in developing solutions.
- Focused on local impact: solutions must support local communities, enhance livelihoods and assure social and economic value to those connected to the food system.
- Collaborative: food and agriculture is a system, so we need to take a value network approach. Collaboration among all stakeholders, big and small, is essential if we are to bring sustainable, scalable solutions to the market.
- Innovative: product, technical, process, and business model innovations will all be required to realize a more sustainable food and agriculture system.
Together, these principles will help us create a more sustainable approach to food production. Innovation is a requirement for us. We must help lead the way.