Giving Compass' Take:

• A new WRI report explores current and future solutions for building food security for 10 billion people by 2050 without compromising ecosystems or the climate.

• Governments and companies can use the menu as a way to think through which items are most relevant to them, and what types of policies and practices they can put in place to advance these solutions.

Here's how foundations can use an impact investing framework to provide capital to sustainable food systems. 


Achieving a sustainable food future by 2050 is possible: humanity has 22 options to fix the global food system, a new World Resources Institute (WRI) report says. The Creating a Sustainable Food Future report aims to tackle the critical challenge of providing food security for 10 billion people by 2050 while helping reduce poverty, meet climate targets, and reducing negative environmental impacts.

The answer is a menu of the most promising current and future solutions that target slashing food demand, boosting production while capping agricultural expansion, protecting and restoring ecosystems, increasing fish supply, and cutting GHG emissions. It all boils down to using resources more efficiently, researchers say, by relying on a “produce, protect, and prosper” principle. But the world cannot pursue these goals separately, warns the report, as losing sight of the others “will most likely result in failure to achieve any of them.”

The researchers from WRI, Princeton University, and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) framed these goals as gaps to fill by 2050―in food, agricultural land, and GHG emissions to mitigate in agriculture and land-use change―and used computer modeling to estimate how much each solution could help raise production, limit demand, and reduce emissions.

Read the full article on WRI's new sustainable menu by Alexandra Popescu at Food Tank.