Food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity

Food security is one of the most important issue in combating world hunger. At present, 1 in 8 people do not get enough food to eat. A leading cause for malnutrition in children under 5 years old is diarrhea caused by unsafe water and sanitation. Uncertainties about global economic freedom opportunities and trade will continue to be factors in establishing food security on a global level. How will we feed 9 billion people in 2050?

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.1

“We’re going to need to produce more with less,” says Lisa Dreier at the World Economic Forum in this video on a new vision for agriculture. She argues that farming should make a positive contribution to three things: food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity.

1 World Economic Forum: New Vision For Agriculture