The good news is that there are huge opportunities to feed the world in a way that works with nature, not against it. Do things differently and we can stop forests turning into fields, keep rivers flowing, restore soil fertility and reverse the loss of the variety of life on Earth – all the while ensuring there’s enough nutritious food for every person, now and in the future.
'We must work pragmatically to transform the food system at the scale, and with the urgency, required to operate within the planet’s boundaries, sustaining all life on Earth, including our own'
Food Practice Leader
Eating up the Earth
The warning signs are clear: extreme temperatures and erratic rainfall brought on by climate change, water scarcity, collapsed fish stocks, exhausted and eroded soils, alarming declines in pollinating insects. If these environmental crises continue, it will become impossible to feed a growing global population.
Freshwater use coming from agriculture is contributing to an 81% decline in freshwater species
Win-win for people and nature
By improving production efficiency and restoring and reusing farmland, we can keep forests standing and reduce the impact on rivers – helping to restore wildlife populations and protect the livelihoods of many millions of people.
And, finally, we can make a real difference to climate change and protect life on our planet.
Our global ambition
We will work with others to achieve these goals by 2030:
- Half of area used for agriculture and aquaculture is sustainably managed, with no new areas being converted.
- Global food waste is halved and post-harvest loss is reduced.
- Half of food consumption is in line with World Health Organisation/Food and Agriculture Organization dietary guidelines in target countries.
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