Opportunities in Food and Farming Innovation

Global food security is one of society’s greatest challenges. Today, one billion people are underfed, while an equal number suffers from obesity. And by 2050, our global population will reach 10 billion people. Feeding our world sustainably requires drastic action and innovation. Visionary innovations in food and farming are needed.

We must develop sustainable agriculture solutions, raise productivity, slow deforestation, develop alternative food sources and reduce waste, all while optimizing our value chains from seed to consumer and from product to waste.

Digital Agriculture: Growing

The agriculture ecosystem is investing in digital technologies. The total market size for digital-based services is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.2 percent between 2014 and 2020, reaching $4.55 billion.

Reshaping The Future Of Agriculture

A study by the International Food Policy Research Institute shows that by 2050, data-driven agricultural techniques can increase global crop yields by as much as 67% and reduce food prices by nearly half.

Sustainable Food Production

By 2050, agricultural production needs to increase by an estimated 70 percent globally and by 100 percent in developing countries to keep pace with population growth and shifting diets.

Food Loss And Excessive Waste

Every year, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world intended for human consumption — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. That is an immense amount.

We should encourage the development of creative nourishment and raise awareness on the origins of the products we consume. By stimulating technologies such as urban farming, agricultural drones, and 3d food printing, we will be able to ensure food security while also reducing our environmental footprint.

—Rob Knigge - Theme Lead, Nutrition

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