One of the greatest challenges of our time is how to produce healthy food for a growing world population without increasing the pressure on the planet’s ecosystems or eroding other functions. This is much about how we adjust our resource use to existing planetary boundaries and reverse ongoing trends of homogenization and instead strive for multifunctionality.
Within this multi-disciplinary theme, we address questions related how we build resilience in global food systems and how to bring about large scale transformation of these interconnected systems. We also look more broadly at how resource consumption and recognition of multiple values could become a driver of positive change in support systems and what market-based mechanisms and other policy tools exist for changing human preferences and behaviour. “
Other aspects we look at include:
- how to navigate trade-offs in and across multifunctional landscapes/seascapes to accomplish good stewardship
- how to manage resources in a time with increasing scales, speed and connectivity;
- how agriculture biodiversity relates to poverty
- relationship between human health, environmental health and food systems
- power structures and relations within the food system and its relationship to multi functionality and stewardship
Research news | 2019-01-17
New Lancet report demonstrates why diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet
Research news | 2018-12-13
Money sent home by migrants can prevent undesired farmland abandonment, as well as the promise of extensive forest regrowth
Research news | 2018-12-09
Amid transitions from swidden agriculture to market-driven oil palm plantations, women remain disadvantaged when it comes to access to land, labour and social capital
Research news | 2018-11-17
Study reveals deeply contrasting realities for farmers in South Africa
Research news | 2018-11-13
First assessment of planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance shows several are already crossed
Research news | 2018-10-10
But it requires a global shift towards healthy and more plant-based diets, halving food loss and waste, say researchers
2019 - Journal / article
Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both. Providing a growing global population with healthy diets from sustainable food systems is an immediate challenge. Although global food production of calories has kept pace with population growth, more than 820 million people have insufficient food and many more consume low-quality diet...
2019 - Journal / article
The rapid expansion of hybrid maize in the uplands of northern Laos is viewed by the government as meeting policy aims related to green economic development. Yet, growing evidence of negative consequences of maize expansion are emerging. Based on farmers’ perceptions, we study: (1) farmers’ reasons for adopting and abandoning maize, and; (2) implications of commercial maize expansion on local livelihood security and inclusiven...
2018 - Policy brief or report
This Report provides a critical assessment of the full range of issues facing decision-makers, including the importance, status, trends and threats to biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people, as well as policy and management response options. Establishing the underlying causes of the loss of biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people provides policymakers with the information needed to develop appropriate re...