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Foresight report: Future of food and farming

November 2012

Looking at the challenges expected in the area of food and farming over the next 40 years

Foresight report: Future of food and farming

This article has been adapted from executive summary of the Foresight report on the future of food and farming. All figures have been sourced from the Food Statistics Pocketbook 2012.

About the report

This Foresight report was produced for the Government as a result of a project involving around 400 leading experts and players from about 35 low-, middle- and high-income countries. It takes a long-term look forward to 2050 and addresses the challenges expected in the area of food and farming over the next 40 years.

Report aim

To explore the pressures on the global food system between now and 2050 and identify the decisions that policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably.

The report takes a broad, global view of the food system and the context in which it operates. The views of a diverse range of players are taken into account, from African smallholders to multinational retailers.


This report has strong cross-syllabus links with the topics of food supply, biodiversity, energy, water, climate change, globalisation and population. This provides a good basis for developing A2 students’ skills in evaluating complex geographical issues.

In the Members' Area:

  • Overview: The need for change
  • Challenge A: Balancing future demand and supply sustainably
  • Challenge B: Addressing the threat of future volatility in the food system
  • Challenge C: Achieving global access to food and ending hunger
  • Challenge D: Meeting the challenges of a low emissions world
  • Challenge E: Maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services while feeding the world
  • Conclusion: Priorities for action

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