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Alternative Futures for Global Food and Agriculture

Authors/ source/ publisher
OECD
Date added to library 29 February 2016
Year published
2016
Abstract
This report develops three contrasting scenarios to illustrate alternative futures, based on several global economic models and extensive discussions with relevant stakeholders, and outlines policy considerations to help ensure that future needs are met in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner.  The scenarios highlight the fundamental uncertainties surrounding forward-oriented decision making, and point to the crucial importance of international co-operation across multiple policy areas. 
 
The global food system faces numerous challenges which will shape developments towards 2050. Feeding – and indeed nourishing – a growing, more affluent and increasingly demanding population while preserving sensitive ecosystems; increasing agricultural productivity growth while both adapting to and mitigating climate change and other threats; competing for access to increasingly limited land, water and other natural resources; and contributing to rural area well-being, to name just a few.