Food, Forests and Landscapes

29 Apr 2014,

Solutions for Sustainable Development

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) co-hosted a policy seminar in Washington, DC, on 24 June 2013. Peter Holmgren, Director General of CIFOR, shared the following presentation.

Seminar summary

The world faces the complex challenge of providing nutritious and affordable food to a rising population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, without depleting scarce natural resources. In the past, efforts to increase availability of food have led to expanding agriculture, standing in conflict with other land uses. More than 50 percent of Earth’s forests have now disappeared, creating an array of environmental and social problems. Yet, half of the food produced worldwide is going to waste. It is in this context that global leaders are searching for policies that help in feeding a growing population, boosting nutrition, raising incomes and improving equity while being mindful of sustainable landscapes, protecting biodiversity, and combating climate change.

Thank you for joining our panel discussion on landscape approaches, which look at combined land-use solutions in a holistic manner, assessing geographical spaces of interest and the impacts of interventions into these spaces. By removing the narrow lens of sectoral boundaries, landscape approaches can help us find combined and stronger solutions for improving access to and availability of nutritious food.

Peter Holmgren and Geeta Sethi (representing Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank) offered their perspectives on a landscape approach to sustainable development and how it can be used to simultaneously address multiple challenges, while Shenggen Fan (Director General of IFPRI) focused on sustainable intensification for food and nutrition security.

For Peter Holmgren’s blog on this issue, please visit:

Watch the full seminar playlist:

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