Feeding the global population nutritiously and sustainably by 2030 will require unprecedented innovation and coordination by all stakeholders, according to a report by the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Food Security and Agriculture.
Here, the patterns of 2016, wherein the richest 20% of the world’s population consume 86% of the world’s resources, are amplified. A few isolated, wealthy populations are able to produce and innovate to meet their needs; most countries experience intensifying hunger and poverty.
An increase in migration leads to increased xenophobia and isolationist policies. Climate change continues unabated. Technological innovation is defined by a broad disparity of access and adoption. Reactionary decision-making and a crisis mindset perpetuate a fragile system.
Good agricultural practices, along with an increase in the availability of new technologies, see a proliferation of food sources, which improves the resilience of food systems. Increasingly interconnected trade, however, still leaves the world susceptible to the effects of extreme weather events and other economic and political shocks.
Courageous leaders will be needed in business, government and society to take a holistic view of challenges, engage with diverse players in the system to jointly tackle those challenges, and build new alliances to work towards shared goals.