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Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability

The Sustainable Development in the 21st century (SD21) Report for Rio+20, New York: United Nations, 2012

94 Pages Posted: 8 May 2012  

Daniele Giovannucci

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)

Sara J. Scherr

EcoAgriculture Partners

Danielle Nierenberg

Nourishing the Planet

Charlotte Hebebrand

International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council

Julie Shapiro

The Keystone Center

Jeffrey Milder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Keith Wheeler

The Foundation for Our Future

Date Written: March 1, 2012

Abstract

On our current trajectory, severe disruptions to national and regional food systems are highly likely to happen - the main question is when. This report, commissioned by the UN DESA as a strategic input to SD21 and the Rio discussions, focuses on vital areas and offers a collection of up to date information on the current and likely trends for our global Food and Agriculture systems.

With contributions from more than 70 global agri-food leaders in the business, policy, green, and social arenas, the report exposes unforeseen areas of consensus. By opening the silos of partisan thinking to invite reasoned discussion, it also exposes areas of disagreement and lays out a key set of specific "high impact" areas where smart decisions will make the most difference for sustainable and resilient food and agriculture systems.

Keywords: sustainable, food security, nutrition, policy, ecosystem management, investment, technology, waste, access, concentration

JEL Classification: O00, Q00, L1

Suggested Citation

Giovannucci, Daniele and Scherr, Sara J. and Nierenberg, Danielle and Hebebrand, Charlotte and Shapiro, Julie and Milder, Jeffrey and Wheeler, Keith, Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability (March 1, 2012). The Sustainable Development in the 21st century (SD21) Report for Rio+20, New York: United Nations, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2054838 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2054838

Daniele Giovannucci (Contact Author)

Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) ( email )

1008 S. 9 Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.thecosa.org

Sara J. Scherr

EcoAgriculture Partners ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Danielle Nierenberg

Nourishing the Planet ( email )

United States

Charlotte Hebebrand

International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council ( email )

1616 P Street Northwest #100
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Julie Shapiro

The Keystone Center ( email )

1628 Sts. John Road
Keystone, CO 80435
United States

Jeffrey Milder

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Keith Wheeler

The Foundation for Our Future ( email )

Moretown, VT 05660
United States

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