To effectively tackle the issue of food security and sustainability, the World Economic Forum launched the New Vision for Agriculture initiative (NVA) in 2009 to engage all stakeholders relevant to the effort, including farmers, government, civil society and the private sector.
The NVA focuses on three key objectives: enhancing food and nutrition security; improving environmental sustainability; and increasing economic opportunity through a market-based, multistakeholder approach. It follows a set of core guiding principles to facilitate action-oriented partnerships at the country level:
- Locally owned and aligned with the country’s goals
- Multistakeholder, with open and inclusive engagement
- Market-driven, with the project led by the private sector and rooted in viable business models
- Holistic, integrating full value chains that benefit all actors in the agriculture system
- Globally supported by an international network that provides solidarity and support
The NVA has captured this model in a Guide to Country-Led Action, supported by dedicated toolkits, to share the approach widely among interested stakeholders. The NVA set up the Transformation Leaders Network, which includes 150 leaders and experts from various countries and industries who share their knowledge, best practices and experiences to scale impact.