The future of food and agriculture.

The future of food and agriculture. Trends and challenges

The future of food and agriculture. Trends and challengesThe purpose of this report is to increase understanding of the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and will face into the 21st century. Its analysis of 15 global trends provides insights into what is at stake and what needs to be done. Most of the trends are strongly interdependent and, combined, inform a set of 10 challenges to achieving food security and nutrition for all and making agriculture sustainable.

‘Business-as-usual’ is not an option. Major transformations in agricultural systems, rural economies and natural resource management will be needed if we are to realize the full potential of food and agriculture to ensure a secure and healthy future for all people and the entire planet.

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Lorenzo Giovanni Bellú
Global Perspectives Studies, Team Leader
Economic and Social Development Department, FAO