New Vision for Agriculture

How will we nutritiously and sustainably feed a global population of 8.5 billion people by 2030? Food systems do not currently provide nutritious food in an environmentally sustainable way to the world’s population. Nearly 800 million people are undernourished, while 1.2 billion are overweight or obese. At the same time, food production, transportation, processing and waste are putting unsustainable strain on environmental resources.
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 NVA engages almost 600 organizations 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 21 countries including Grow Africa, Grow Asia, NVA India and NVA Latin America.
Together, these efforts have mobilized over US $10.5 billion in investment commitments, of which US$2.5 billion has been implemented, reaching over 10 million smallholder farmers to date. In 2017, the NVA is committed to supporting and deepening multistakeholder action in India and in Latin America.  

Through the experience of multistakeholder partnerships in 21 countries, the NVA has developed a new model for country-led, multi-stakeholder partnerships in agriculture -- based on a shared vision, a set of guiding principles and a series of tactical steps.  In 2017, the NVA is sharing this model globally with practitioners and leaders as an effective example of multistakeholder approaches in agriculture in contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The New Vision for Agriculture’s Transformation Leaders Network engages over 150 action leaders and experts to exchange knowledge, best practices, and experience across regions and sectors. The Network aims to enhance the positive impacts of NVA-affiliated partnerships, promote leadership development and strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration. 


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

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