Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

Development, Governance, Food & Land Use

Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use
The Global Consultation Report of the Food and Land Use Coalition September 2019
For people, nature and climate
September 2019 :: 237 pages
Executive Summary [excerpt]
The world faces a remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems over the next ten years. This report lays out the scientific evidence and economic case that demonstrate that, by 2030, food and land use systems can help bring climate change under control, safeguard biological diversity, ensure healthier diets for all, drastically improve food security and create more inclusive rural economies. And they can do that while reaping a societal return that is more than 15 times the related investment cost (estimated at less than 0.5 percent of global GDP) and creating new business opportunities worth up to $4.5 trillion a year by 2030.1 Delivering such a transformation will be
challenging but will ensure that food and land use systems play their part in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement targets on climate change.

Leaving these systems to continue on current trends, by contrast, means sleepwalking into a scenario wherein climate change, sea-level rise and extreme-weather events increasingly threaten human life, biodiversity and natural resources are depleted, people increasingly suffer life-threatening, diet-induced diseases, food security is compromised, and socioeconomic development is seriously impaired. Such a pathway would place the SDGs and the Paris Agreement targets out of reach and within a few decades threaten our collective security.

Transformation of food and land use systems thus needs to become an urgent priority globally – for leaders in the public and private sectors, and for civil society, multilateral institutions, the research community, consumers and citizens.

To support such leadership, this report from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) proposes a reform agenda. This agenda is centred around ten critical transitions that would enable food and land use systems to provide food security and healthy diets for a global population of over nine billion by 2050, while also tackling our core climate, biodiversity, health and poverty challenges (Exhibit 1). The specifics of the reform programme will inevitably vary from one country to the next, and from one community to the next. But all countries and communities could benefit from taking a holistic approach to the transformation of food and land use systems, combining the massive opportunities that are becoming available in respect of “nutritious food”, “nature-based solutions”, ”wider choice and supply” and “opportunity for all” agendas…