Our vision is of global food and land use systems that by 2050 simultaneously:
- protects and regenerates the planet’s bio-physical resources
- provides the world’s 9+ billion people with healthy, nutritious food
- offers 500m+ smallholder farmers and their families a decent, reliable standard of living.
The Business and Sustainable Development Commission has already estimated this opportunity in the food and agricultural sectors to be up to $US2.3 trillion by 2030 in business savings and revenue.
This vision is, however, not where we start. Today’s food and agriculture systems are unsustainable from every angle. They are degrading the natural resources needed to support the world’s growing population, expected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. Over 500 million people working in them live in poverty. And they are hugely inefficient and unbalanced. They lose or waste 1/3 of the food they produce. And while 800 million people are still undernourished, 2 billion are either overweight or obese. All these pressures mean we haven’t a hope of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement unless we transform food and land use systems fast.
The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) was set up in 2017 to spur such transformations. Like its founding commission (the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, housed at SYSTEMIQ, it brings together relevant players from the public and private sectors, civil society and research. FOLU members are working together to develop:
- global and national science-based targets for sustainable food and land use systems, and pathways towards them. These aim to be a guide for national and international policy, regulation and business strategy.
- business solutions. FOLU members are detailing a range of investible business solutions in 14 ‘hotspots’ with the biggest opportunities to scale.
- country roadmaps. The coalition is developing ‘action roadmaps’ for specific countries that detail innovations, demonstrate economic and political benefits, and define strategies for managing political and economic opinion.
The FOLU is supported by a combination of partners, including the EAT Foundation, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the New Climate Economy (housed at World Resources Institute).