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Ensuring sustainable food for 9.8 billion people by 2050

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There is a need to build inclusive, healthy, efficient and sustainable food systems.

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The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative has helped create public-private partnerships in 23 countries that have benefited millions of farmers.

The impact.

The New Vision for Agriculture (NVA) initiative, led by the World Economic Forum, is helping to ensure that the agricultural sector can sustainably nourish a growing world population. The initiative has helped forge public-private partnerships for sustainable agriculture in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America that are implemented through regional programmes – the Grow Africa Partnership, the Grow Asia Partnership, NVA India and NVA Latin America.

At a regional level, Grow Africa has created more than 80,000 jobs. Grow Asia’s impact has reached 700,000 smallholder farmers in South-East Asia, leading to improved smallholder incomes by up to 80%, increases in yield by up to 52% (as of 2017) and reduced carbon emissions by about 40%.

Today the NVA engages over 650 organizations and has advanced 100 value-chain initiatives that have benefited millions of farmers.

It has also helped create the Food Systems Action Platform, a coalition of partner organizations that leverages their diverse and complementary competencies to support new and existing value-chain initiatives for scaling positive impact for food systems.

The challenge in creating sustainable food systems.

Today’s food systems do not provide the world’s population with enough nutritious food in an environmentally sustainable way.

Nearly 800 million people are undernourished, 2 billion are considered micronutrient-deficient and an additional 2 billion are overweight or obese. Meanwhile, food production, transport, processing and waste are placing enormous pressure on environmental resources.

What will the situation be in 2050 when the demand for food is projected to be 70% higher?


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The World Economic Forum is looking for organizations that want to contribute to our efforts to improve food security and build inclusive, healthy, efficient and sustainable food systems.

Are you interested in getting involved in this or other important initiatives to secure our planet’s future? Contact us to see how you can join the Forum’s mission to improve the state of the world.

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