A radical transformation of the land-use system is needed to ensure the world can sustainably feed a projected population of nearly 10 billion by 2050. 

 

THE CHALLENGE

  • Over the last two years, a tract of land the size of 40 football fields was clear-cut or burned every minute to satisfy our excessive demand for soy, cattle, palm oil, or wood products.

  • Unsustainable diets and production processes, flawed policies and mismanagement cause vast environmental destruction—accounting for over 25% of greenhouse gas emissions and devastating natural capital losses.

  • As the global population grows, urbanisation expands, protein consumption rises, and climate change impacts increase, our food and land-use systems will have to grow from 25-70% between now and 2050.

 

UNLOCKING THE OPPORTUNITY

  • Developing sustainable food and land-use business models could be worth more than US$2.3 trillion and open up to 80 million jobs by 2030. Forest ecosystem services alone could account for up to US$365 billion a year in new market value.

  • A global food and agriculture system in line with the SDGs could deliver nutritious, affordable food, protect livelihoods of the world’s 1.5 billion smallholders and help restore forests, freshwater resources and vital ecosystems.

  • Promising technologies can increase yields as well as open up new models of resource-efficient food production. Some examples include heat-tolerant varieties of wheat, which could grow crop yields from a 17% increase to a 23% increase with irrigation.
 

BASED ON THE BEST PATHWAYS FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND LAND-USE SYSTEMS, SYSTEMIQ IS DRIVING SYSTEMS CHANGE BY:

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1. SHAPING LOCAL AND GLOBAL POLICY AGENDAS AND CHANGING BUSINESS MODELS by convening a global coalition of industry, policy and civil society leaders committed to achieving sustainable food and land-use systems

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2. TRANSFORMING THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY by working with leading companies to align their business strategies with the UN SDGs 

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3. INCUBATING NEW SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY BUSINESS MODELS by supporting the development of products including honey, illipe nut, dragon’s blood and rubber, and building new markets for these products

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4. INVESTING IN DISRUPTIVE NEW TECHNOLOGIES with the potential to regenerate degraded ecosystems 

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5. CLOSING THE FUNDING GAP FOR SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE by mobilising public and private investors around the deployment of blended finance mechanisms

 

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