The future of food and agriculture: Drivers and triggers for transformation

This report analyses major drivers of agrifood systems and explores how their trends could determine alternative futures of agrifood, socioeconomic and environmental systems. The report identifies several drivers of change, including technological innovation, changes in consumer preferences, and shifts in trade and investment patterns. It also highlights several triggers that could accelerate the transformation of the food and agriculture sector, such as policy changes, market shifts, and social movements. The fundamental message of this report is that it is still possible to push agri-food systems along a pattern of sustainability and resilience, if these key “triggers” of transformation are properly activated.

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On food finance, Section 1.10 discusses Investment as one of the drivers of agrifood systems, and particularly section 1.10.3 Private investment in agrifood systems are highly relevant to the good food finance space. The reports mentions the role of private investment regulation and promotion as one of the strategic policy options, calling on governments to “adopt policy and regulatory measures needed to mobilize more private investment in agrifood systems”. The role of data also takes a prominent space, focusing on transparency on impact investments to measure their social and environmental impacts, access to data, capabilities for data-driven agrifood systems, data interoperability and data portabilility. Other relevant measures to good food finance are repurposing government expenditure on agriculture to incentivize sustainable and equitable agricultural activities; market access for smallholders; access to green finance to smallholders; and the empowerment of rural women to increase their participation in economic activities. 

Published by GFFN Secretariat

The Good Food Finance Network Secretariat is comprised of the convening core partner organizations’ dedicated team members, who share responsibility for coordinating the Network and its activities. The convening core partners are EAT, FAIRR, Food Systems for the Future, UNEP, and WBCSD.

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