By 2050, global food systems will need to feed more than 9 billion people sustainably and nutritiously. Emerging technology, innovation, behavioural changes, and multi-stakeholder collaboration have the potential to improve global food security and nutrition to drive rapid progress in the sustainability, inclusivity, efficiency of food systems.
By 2030, Asia is expected to contribute an estimated 60% of global growth - with Asia-Pacific contributing around 90% of the 2.4 billion new members of the middle class entering the global economy. In view of this, animal-based proteins cannot sustainably feed this growing middle class. Assuring future proof protein consumption requires a shift in protein production.
The Covid-19 pandemic is an important reminder of the long-term importance of investing in and building human capital – health, knowledge, capabilities, skills and resilience - that are critical to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. This is especially true in Africa, which is home to the world’s youngest population and also to some of the toughest human capital challenges.
Food waste occurs at all levels from production to consumption. In the Netherlands, the most significant food-waster is the consumer, with the average person throwing away about 34 kg of food at home every year. The Dutch government has adopted the UN target of reducing food waste by 50% in 2030.