By 2050, we will need to feed more people with less available water and land per capita in the context of a changing climate, a growing energy demand and declining ecosystems. These issues must be addressed if the objective of reducing food insecurity while increasing agricultural sustainability is to be met.
Business has recognized a clear need to develop new solutions to deal with the interconnectedness of water, food, feed, fiber and energy. Through the Action2020 Platform for Action, WBCSD and its member companies have identified a set of societal “Must-Haves” or goals that business and other stakeholders can and need to collectively achieve by 2020, in order to reach WBCSD’s Vision 2050, i.e. a world in which 9 billion+ people live well and within the limits of the planet.
The societal Must-Haves identified for the “Food, Feed, Fiber and Biofuel” and “Release of Nutrient Elements” Priority Areas are detailed below.
“Food, Feed, Fiber and Biofuel” Societal Must-Have
By 2020, sustainably increase the production and resource efficiency of agriculture systems to secure access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food and sustainable bio-based products.
Halve food loss and waste (Baseline:2009)
Double, sustainably, agricultural yields in smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (Baseline: 2005)
Raise farmers’ net incomes, and improve rural livelihoods within agriculture landscape
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“Release of Nutrient Elements” Societal Must-Have
In watersheds experiencing eutrophication or hypoxia, pollution from excess nutrients must, by 2020, be brought to levels that are not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity, including marine and soil ecosystems, while avoiding adverse effects through air pollution on human health and climate change.
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