Feeding the world to 2050 and beyond requires a doubling of current food production on less land under a changing climate without compromising the environment.
Achieving food security for 7 billion souls needs more than business as usual. There will be innovation all along the food supply chain with tweaks to traditional methods, new forms of production, alternative finance, and imaginative ways to spare and share land.
What this means
Financiers will find profit by investing in production efficiency, shorter supply chains, new technologies and ways to diversify risk.
Innovators will invent new solutions and bring them to market where they work best, are resilient, and overcome the inertia of producers.
Environmental values will be resilient where they benefit or can coexist with production and where sensible decisions are made when a value trade-off is unavoidable.
Why we need numbers
Afterbefore believes that these outcomes will be faster with help from science analytics and research evidence. Finding profit, innovation and environmental resilience is easier when trends, shocks and difference can be estimated and tested.
Modern data acquisition and analysis tools applied to what came before can help predict what comes after for everyone along the supply chain.