Global Food and Farming Futures – Lead Expert Group

The Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures addresses the question: 'How can a future global population of 9 billion people all be fed healthily and sustainably?'

Looking forward to 2050 the Foresight team and the Lead Expert Group examined the global food system and considered issues of sustainable food production, demand, and distribution in an environment of climate change, environmental stress, and competing demands for land, agriculture, and aquatic resources.

Sherman Robinson and Lawrence Haddad were members of the Lead Expert Group. Dirk Willenbockel also worked on background research supporting the project.

The project's final report was launched in January 2011.

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Managing Uncertainty: A Review of Food System Scenario Analysis and Modelling

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B 365.1554 (2010)
Reilly, M. and Willenbockel, D.

The Future of the Global Food System

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365.1554 (2010)
Godfray, H.C.J. et al.

Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People

Science 327 (2010)
Godfray, H.C.J., Beddington, J.R., Crute, I.R., Haddad, L., Lawrence, D., Muir, J.F., Pretty, J., Robinson, S., Thomas, S.M. and Toulmin, C.
Project Dates:
January 2009 - January 2011
Project Status:
Government Office for Science
Research Themes / Programmes:
Climate Change
Food Security