Which agricultural and food systems should we support in the context of a double demographic and environmental challenge?

The continuation and extension of large-scale, highly mechanized and input-intensive farming seems to be a risky option as this model is facing limits in its capacity to correct its negative environmental and socio-economic impacts. The search for new agricultural and food models, capable of producing positive social, economic and environmental results on multiple scales, is thus crucial.

However, it is not simply a matter of defining what these new models might be, but also of understanding the transformation pathways that could lead from the current situation to the deployment of these models. Would a reform of existing systems be sufficient? If not, what radical changes need to be considered? What would be the conditions for such evolution and its consequences on the conservation of natural resources, food security and human societies?

Faced with these questions, IDDRI:

  • contributes to the collective exploration of transformation pathways and the potential future scenarios of agricultural and food models; and considers these developments on both the technical and politico-institutional levels by organizing or taking its part in foresight and scenario exercises at different scales
  • contributes to ongoing reflection on the forms of global governance and the types of political or economic measures that would support these transitions in agricultural and food systems.