The global food system today is beset by serious challenges and risks. Major demographic shifts are increasing and changing the demand for food with a rapidly growing population expected to reach 9.5 billion people by 2050 which will increase global demand for food by 60%. These shifts are driving new threats to our populations, systems and environment. For example, the agrifood sector is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change increasingly threatens food systems. At the same time, some 795 million people go hungry every day with 2 billion people lacking the nutrients to live a healthy life. 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 500 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 19 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including two regional partnerships called Grow Africa and Grow Asia. Together, these efforts have mobilized over US $10.5 billion in investment commitments, of which US$1.9 billion has been implemented, reaching over 9.6 million smallholder farmers.
The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative supports national and regional partnership platforms engaging 18 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. These partnerships are:
• Locally-owned and aligned with country goals
• Multi-stakeholder, with open and inclusive engagement
• Market-driven, with projects led by the private sector and rooted in viable business cases
• Holistic, addressing the full value chain and all actors
• Globally supported by an international network providing solidarity and support
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 150 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-affiliated partnerships, promote leadership development and strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration. Network members have co-created the New Vision for Agriculture Country Partnership Guide, a practical tool for practitioners to create and drive multistakeholder partnerships.
The New Vision for Agriculture focuses on three strategic areas:
Grow Asia, the multistakeholder platform that catalyzes action on inclusive, agricultural development in Southeast Asia, shares achievements on its first year in its Report on Progress 2015-2016 and outlines its efforts to codify and share best practices across the region.