24 June 2016

Land Use and Global Food Security in 2050 

Michael Obersteiner represents IIASA on a high level international conference to address implications on the world food security, population pressure, urbanization, lifestyle changes, climate change and energy demand in relation to the Agrimonde-Terra foresight studies. 

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This is an event that has been organised by the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) following the Agrimonde-Terra study. A study that is reported to have explored different land-use scenarios for 2050 and examined their impacts on global food security and nutrition. According to CIRAD and INRA, it is an effective dialogue tool for policy makers from the public and private institutions concerned with land use and food security issues, and was tested during a foresight workshop in Tunisia. Five regionalized scenarios of land use in the world produced by the Agrimonde-Terra will be presented and discussed in Paris on this conference.  

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What could be land-use changes in the world between now and 2050?

How will they impact on both global and regional food security in the context of climate change?

The Agrimonde-Terraforesight study explores a variety of land-use scenarios based on qualitative and quantitative analysis. Scenarios are built and analysed with an international expert’s panel and using the INRA-CIRAD GlobAgri quantitative platform. They combine the possible evolutions of a large diversity of drivers (climate change, food diets, urban-rural relationships, farming structures, crop and animal production systems, public policies…).

The conference will present and discuss the issues of each scenario for food security, providing ‘food for thought’ for research institutions, policymakers and all actors involved in questions of land use and food security at global or regional scale.

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Michael Obersteiner

Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Paris June 24th, 2016



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