Feeding the World: Why We Must Rethink the Global Food System

With some 821 million people worldwide going hungry each day, we need to make dramatic changes in the way we produce and distribute food.

Solving hunger and food insecurity is a prerequisite to solving other pressing global challenges. Improving the global food ecosystem will have profound ripple effects.

To feed 8.5 billion people by 2030, we need innovative ways to think about food—as well as how we produce it.

Ingredients of change

Democratized tech tools. Poor subsistence farmers in developing areas with inexpensive mobile phones are accessing data that helps them make better planting decisions—potentially producing 550 million more tons of food by 2030.

Precision agriculture methods. The Internet of Things and machine learning will help optimize land and water use, which will lower costs, increase production, and conserve resources

Renewable energy. Advanced batteries and other off-grid storage and generation systems will reduce farming’s expenses and environmental impacts while making power an additional “crop.”

Sensors and blockchain technology. Greater transparency in the food supply chain, from farm to store, will reduce food waste and loss while preventing tampering, counterfeiting, and mislabeling.

Future food and farming

To feed 8.5 billion people by 2030, we need innovative ways to think about food—as well as how we produce it. 

Food for thought

Addressing food insecurity will make a substantial difference in other global challenges. 

Learn more about the food economy

Read “The Future of Feeding the World.”