Sustainable Food Futures
Three new areas of investigation related to diets, nutrition and sustainability, starting with short-term projects led by visiting student researchers Sandra Aronson, Lisa Gerbal and Anna Whitton.
As global population grows so will demand for animal protein (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, 2009 ), making livestock farming intensification a central part to a sustainable food future. Breeding and mainstreaming of tropical forages are essential for improving productivity and lowering the environmental footprint while reducing the number of hectares dedicated to livestock production and the pressure over highly valuable ecosystems. This is a not only a priority in Latin America but in Africa and Asia as well, where the demand of forages with high nutritional quality and with resistance to different stresses is growing.
The initiative, jointly coordinated with the Peruvian Ministry of Environment (MINAM) and Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI), the subnational government of Ucayali, and in partnership with international consultants Climate Focus (CF), aims to facilitate adoption of sustainable production practices for oil palm and cacao, and deliver on commitments to zero deforestation.
Scaling out sustainable livestock production alternatives: financing schemes in the Colombian Amazon
Peru and Colombia, countries harboring 23 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, are aware of the importance of this region as a provider of ecosystem services at the local, national, and global level. Conserving and sustainably harnessing the benefits that the Amazon ecosystem provides requires the design of sustainable alternatives for land use and management, to reduce pressure on forests and serve as a strategy for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Vanishing animals command headlines but declining plant diversity also imperils humans. Researchers and educators explain how curing “plant blindness” is essential to saving biodiversity and ourselves. Food plants are a great place to dig in
Through cost-saving practices for coffee, rice, maize, and livestock production, Vietnam can increase its Paris Agreement commitments, says a study that highlights climate action potential for agriculture in Southeast Asia
What will food systems, agriculture and the environment look like in 2050? Given current trends, there is a range of highly contrasting outcomes
In one scenario, these bedrocks of society will have continued down their current path and faced significantly greater challenges than they do today.
A series of webinars on climate change and agriculture allowed a scientific experts and more than 100 journalists discuss how to cover these stories in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia.
The major challenge for the cocoa sector remains how to coordinate better, change incentive structures in commercial and political relationships rapidly and at sufficient scale to get in front of the projected impacts from climate change. Without successful collective action, the widespread establishment of resilient cocoa systems able to thrive under future climates remains doubtful.
This new roadmap explains CIAT’s primary research themes: food systems, agroecosystems and landscapes and climate resilience for agriculture.
About Sustainable Food Futures
Food security is not enough to ensure a healthy future. We need new food production and distribution systems that ensure everyone has access to varied, nutritious foods produced with a minimal environmental footprint. From genes to beans to market chains to food waste, CIAT is helping shape the vision of a sustainable food system.
Senior Researcher & Theme Leader of Sustainable Food Systems