The New Green Revolution: How Twenty-First-Century Science Can Feed the World

De Schutter, O., Vanloqueren, G., THE NEW GREEN REVOLUTION: HOW TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SCIENCE CAN FEED THE WORLD, SOLUTIONS, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 33-44, August 2011

Posted: 12 Sep 2011

Date Written: September 12, 2011

Abstract

The combined effects of climate change, energy scarcity, and water paucity require that we radically rethink our agricultural systems. Countries can and must reorient their agricultural systems toward modes of production that are not only highly productive, but also highly sustainable. Following the 2008 global food price crisis, many developing countries have adopted new food security policies and have made significant investments in their agricultural systems. Global hunger is also back on top of the international agenda. However, the question is not only how much is done, but also how it is done — and what kinds of food systems are now being rebuilt.

Agroecology, the application of ecological science to the study, design, and management of sustainable agriculture, offers a model of agricultural development to meet this challenge. Recent research demonstrates that it holds great promise for the roughly 500 million food-insecure households around the world. By scaling up its practice, we can sustainably improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable, and thus contribute to feeding a hungry planet.

Keywords: agroecology, food security, hunger, green revolution

Suggested Citation

Vanloqueren, Gaëtan, The New Green Revolution: How Twenty-First-Century Science Can Feed the World (September 12, 2011). De Schutter, O., Vanloqueren, G., THE NEW GREEN REVOLUTION: HOW TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SCIENCE CAN FEED THE WORLD, SOLUTIONS, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 33-44, August 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1926189

Gaëtan Vanloqueren (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

Place Montesquieu, 3
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

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