New Vision for Agriculture

The global food system today is beset by serious challenges and risks: production and prices have become more volatile; hunger and poverty levels remain high, particularly among farming communities; and unsustainable practices exacerbate environmental challenges. By 2050, the world’s population will have risen to 9 billion. Feeding this population will require substantial changes to ensure the production, distribution and consumption of sufficient nutritious and sustainably produced food.

The New Vision for Agriculture, defined by World Economic Forum partners in 2009, holds that to meet the world’s needs sustainably agriculture must simultaneously deliver food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity. The Vision sets a goal of 20% improvement in each area per decade until 2050. Achieving those goals requires a transformation of the agriculture sector, leveraging market-based approaches through a coordinated effort by all stakeholders, including farmers, government, civil society and the private sector. The key success factors of agriculture-sector transformation at the national level include setting the right direction through effective leadership,
strategy and investment models, and scaling the transformation through finance, infrastructure, institutions and monitoring.

The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative engages over 350 organizations in its work to strengthen collaboration among relevant stakeholders. At a global level, it has partnered with the G7 and G20, facilitating informal leadership dialogue and collaboration. At the regional and country level, it has catalysed multistakeholder partnerships in 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including two regional partnerships called Grow Africa and Grow Asia. Together, these
efforts have mobilized over US $10 billion in investment commitments, of which US$1.2 billion has been implemented, reaching over 3.6 million smallholder farmers. 

The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative supports national and regional partnership platforms engaging 16 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. These partnerships are:

• Country-led, driven by local stakeholders in partnership with global organizations
• Multistakeholder, engaging government, private sector, international organizations, civil society, farmers associations and others
• Market-based, focusing on catalysing and expanding sustainable, inclusive investments and market-based activity
• Aligned with national plans, regional strategies and global goals

The New Vision for Agriculture facilitates multistakeholder collaboration with the G7, G20 and other intergovernmental platforms upon request. The initiative facilitated collaboration with the G20 in 2011- 2012 and with the G7 in 2012-2014.

The New Vision for Agriculture’s Transformation Leaders Network engages over 120 action leaders and experts to exchange knowledge, best practice, and experience across regions and sectors. The Network aims to enhance the positive impacts of NVA-catalyzed partnerships, promote leadership development and strengthen multi-stakeholder
collaboration. Network members collaborate throughout the year around specific partnerships and themes such as finance, women’s empowerment, food loss, technology and climate-smart agriculture. 



The New Vision for Agriculture focuses on three strategic areas:

  • Facilitating leadership commitment to action by facilitating dialogue, commitment building and collaboration among diverse stakeholders
  • Supporting country transformation by catalysing and supporting action-oriented, multistakeholder partnerships at regional and country levels
  • Promoting innovation and best practice by facilitating exchange of innovation, experiences and best practices among stakeholders and regions, and monitoring partnership impact to track progress
Please find additional information about the initiative here in EnglishSpanish, and Portuguese. For more information about Grow Africa, please visit: For more information about Grow Asia, please visit


Key Organizations

  • A.P. Møller-Maersk
  • AGCO Corporation
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Brambles
  • Bunge
  • Cargill
  • Carlsberg Group
  • CF Industries Holdings
  • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Deloitte
  • Diageo
  • DuPont
  • GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)
  • HEINEKEN Global Supply Chain
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Landesa
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities Asia
  • Mondelez Global
  • Monsanto Company
  • Nestlé
  • Novozymes
  • Oxfam International
  • PepsiCo
  • Rabobank International
  • Royal DSM
  • SABMiller
  • Sinar Mas Agribusiness & Food
  • Swiss Re
  • Syngenta International
  • TechnoServe
  • Unilever
  • United Phosphorus
  • Wal-Mart
  • Wilmar Investment Holdings
  • World Bank
  • WWF International
  • Yara International ASA

Project Management

Eva Fowler, Project Specialist, Agriculture and Food Security Initiatives
Tel: +1 212 7032300