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Creating a sustainable food future - full report

The World Resources Institute has released its full and final report on “Creating a sustainable food future”. The report addresses the question “Can we feed the world without destroying the planet?”, specifically asking whether the food system can feed nearly 10 billion people adequately by 2050, without expanding the area of agricultural land, and while avoiding dangerous levels of climate change.

The report sets out solutions across five areas:

  1. Reduce growth in demand for food and other agricultural products 
  2. Increase food production without expanding agricultural land 
  3. Protect and restore natural ecosystems and limit agricultural land-shifting 
  4. Increase fish supply
  5. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production 

The synthesis report was published in December 2018. Other publications from the project can be read on the project website. The project is a partnership between the World Resources Institute, the World Bank, UN Environment Programme, UN Development Programme, CIRAD and INRA.

Read the full report, World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future - A Menu of Solutions to Feed Nearly 10 Billion People by 2050, here or here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource chapter How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?

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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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