Cornell University, through Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability’s food security working group, in collaboration with the journal Nature Sustainability and with the participation of its sister journal, Nature Food, are convening a year-long expert panel on ‘Innovations to build sustainable, equitable, inclusive food value chains.’
Despite the remarkable progress of global food systems’ ability to provide for a growing and richer human population over recent centuries, much of humanity faces chronic or episodic undernutrition. Those failures will continue under business-as-usual scenario. There is a need to envision and holistically evaluate potential actions that could put food systems on a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable footing for future generations.
Comprising 22 recognized experts from around the world, spanning disciplines and organizations, from industry as well as universities, social movements and international organizations, the panel will synthesize the best current science and identify key gaps in research and in policy/institutional/socio-cultural response to research, so as to identify a portfolio of innovations likely to prove feasible and impactful at scale. The panel will identify the scientific, institutional, behavioral, policy, and other obstacles we must overcome through innovation.
Expert panelists will develop a report that will be released at the end of 2020 and hosted on the Nature Sustainability website.