Food security

Food security is one of the great challenges of our time. The Earth is expected to have nine billion inhabitants by 2050. Together with the effects of climate change – such as the increased scarcity of fresh water and energy – this rise in population will make the worldwide production of and access to food uncertain, while the market prices of key food crops become more volatile.

If agricultural policies remain the same, there will be insufficient food to feed everyone and greater pressure on the distribution of available resources. Knowledge institutes, businesses and governments are considering issues such as: How can food productivity be increased sustainably? How can a sustainable food system contribute more to the health of humans and animals? How can agriculture help in the worldwide struggle against poverty? And how are prices moving on world food markets and for what reasons? Technological and organisational innovations aim to solve these conundrums.

Wageningen Economic Research offers governments, businesses and other stakeholders up-to-date data, analysis and advice so that they can formulate targeted policies with respect to food security. For companies seeking greater certainty about and improved insight into their investments, we conduct risk assessments and provide advice that makes risks more manageable. Our strength is in the development of new insights based on market intelligence and the formulation of comprehensive assessments of the economic, ecological and social aspects of issues related to food, environment and lifestyle. Wageningen Economic Research helps stakeholders take the right decisions through policy analysis, forecasting, supply chain & consumer research, and monitoring systems.