Rather than a crisis, the FAO views rural migration as critical for our food system and levelling out global inequalities. Better policies are needed, however, to maximize its benefits while minimizing its harmful effects.
The future of the food system requires training new experts to treat the industry differently, says Dean of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Dariush Mozaffarian.
Sustainable intensification is one of the areas of agricultural research that is being transformed by Big Data. Through initiatives like the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, researchers are helping farmers create complex accounting systems for their farms and increase productivity while decreasing the environmental impact of farming.
According to Robert Opp, Director of Innovation and Change Management at WFP, “The exciting part is that these innovations, often developed for more commercially attractive markets, have such potential to improve the lives of those who are furthest behind.”