What’s your vision for the future of agriculture?

Agriculture, Food & livelihoods, Food security

Forecasts indicate world food production must grow at least fifty per cent by 2050, to feed a population of nine billion people. But can this be done in a way that eradicates hunger, preserves the environment, and ensures farming is an attractive and viable career path?

Following on from the recent lively discussion on Making the Food System Work for Women, we’re now interested in hearing your thoughts about what the future holds, or should hold, for agriculture.

Each day for the next two weeks, we’ve lined up two or three short essays written by leading thinkers from around the world to spark debate and provoke ideas. They will be tackling questions such as:Future of Agriculture banner. Text reads: Join Oxfam's global online policy discussion 10-21 December 2012, https://blogs.oxfam.org/future-of-agriculture

  • What if farmers’ knowledge were the driver of innovations and investments?
  • What if women owned the land they till and the food they produce?
  • What if all food were produced without fossil fuels?
  • What if all farmers could rely on effective systems to manage risk?


Learn how Nigerian farmer Susan Godwin struggles with her daughter’s desire to run the family farm, how IFPRI‘s Shenggen Fan would address climate risks, and how FAO‘s José Graziano da Silva would reduce farming’s dependence on oil.

See if you agree with author Anna Lappé that agriculture can break free of oil, take on IFAD‘s Kanayo Nwanze, who sees hope in smallholder innovation, or Harold Poelma from Cargill, who finds it in comparative advantage and free trade. Be challenged by Bangladeshi activist Rokeya Kabir, who argues women’s rights are fundamental to food security. And much, much more…

So head over to blogs.oxfam.org/future-of-agriculture (in French at: blogs.oxfam.org/fr/avenir-agriculture, and Spanish at: blogs.oxfam.org/futuro-de-agricultura) during the next two weeks to read their thoughts and add your own voice to the conversation.

All essays and comments will inform an Oxfam discussion paper to be published in 2013, and on Friday 21 December, Indian sustainable development expert Sonali Bisht and US author Roger Thurow will be reflecting on what they’ve heard over the two weeks.

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Author: Richard King
Archive blog. Originally posted on Oxfam Policy & Practice.