Global Food Systems Foresight Workshop

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Participants of the Global Food Systems Foresight Workshop

Foresight about possible futures is a key tool for government, business and civil society that aids in improving responsiveness to future risks and opportunities.

The Global Food Systems Foresight Workshop, March 22-23 at the Environmental Change Institute in Oxford, UK, was held to explore how foresight and scenario processes, when applied to global food systems, can help drive the policy change, business strategies and societal understanding required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal Two (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture). A key aspect of the discussion was the creation of a “Foresight4Food” initiative based on current foresight and scenario work done by a variety of organizations, including AgMIP.

The first day of the workshop participants examined how to define foresight for global food systems and generated visions of what would be in an “ideal” global approach. Foresight was also addressed from a user perspective and what policymakers, business, civil society and media need for it to be useful. A brainstorming session explored the big issues and questions that food system foresight should be covering.

An overview of current foresight work was on the agenda including a presentation and a roundtable discussion by Roberto Valdivia, co-leader of the AgMIP Economics Team, about AgMIP regional projects, Representative Agricultural Pathways (RAPs), and Coordinated Global and Regional Integrated Assessments.

On the final day of the workshop participants discussed current foresight projects and possible opportunities, brainstormed ways to strengthen foresight, and planned how to establish the new “Foresight4Food” initiative.

This international workshop was hosted by the Environmental Change Institute and the Oxford Martin School and organized in collaboration with FAO, IFPRI, and PIM. Funding to support the event is provided by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Oxford University through the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).

Download the workshop brochure.