Sustainable Food Production Systems

In an era of scarcity it is becoming increasingly important to address production and consumption jointly because of the linkages between the two. The transition to a more sustainable food chain cannot be met by concentrating on approaches aiming only at productivity increases - the possibilities of sufficiency oriented research have to be explored as well. There should be open opportunities for transition to sustainable and equitable food systems through a systemic approach founded on a better understanding of socio-ecological systems. So far the focus of research and policy has been on the supply-side by providing technological innovations, however social innovations in the domain of production are as important as technological ones.It is equally important to address demand-side issues, and to reduce the present unsustainable levels of consumption. Therefore, research on behavioral or structural changes in food systems,food processsing  and supply chains should be given a higher priority.

Nearly 1 000 million people currently live in what is defined as absolute poverty, with incomes of less than US$1 a day.Most of these suffer from chronic hunger. In the developing countries, more than one child in four is underweight - and in the poorest of these countries, every other child is underweight. Such children are at great risk to disease, and many of them never become adults: the underlying cause of more than half of all child deaths in developing countries is malnutrition. Those that do survive to adulthood face a future that is likely to be scarred by hunger, homelessness, illiteracy and unemployment.Hunger is not a natural condition: it is produced by human action (or lack of it) and, in a world that can produce more than enough food for everyone, its root cause is poverty. Remarkably, in the early 1990s nearly 80 percent of all malnourished children lived in developing countries that produced food surpluses.

Although the number of people going hungry has declined by about 5 percent since the early 1990s, it is estimated that almost 800 million still go hungry in the developing countries and some 30 million in other countries. As populations increase and more people move from rural to urban areas, the task of reducing hunger will become even more difficult than it is today.

  • Food processing, distribution and marketing
  • Technological breakthroughs to help feed 9+ billion
  • Economic vitality
  • Food security and rice production
  • Sustainable, secure and resilient production of food
  • Potential implications of Entomophagy for the global food system
  • Green Revolution
  • Role of plant breeding in food security
  • Critical role of animal science research in Food Security
  • Scope of local food systems : Their concepts and impact
  • Food sovreignity

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