How can we guarantee that coming generations retain access to affordable quality food? Ensuring global food security will be the defining challenge of our lifetime. The challenge is critical:
- By 2050, the global population is projected to exceed 9.6 billion. Global food production will need to increase by 50 percent to meet this challenge, which will be particularly acute in rapidly expanding urban areas.
- Soil quality and water resources are already depleting and the impact of climate change is further aggravating this development.
- Low prices and poverty are forcing farmers from the land and young people are turning their backs on a future in agriculture.
At the moment, small-scale farmers produce 70% of all the food in the world. If we do not appropriately include them in food markets and as such improve their social and economic position, it will be impossible to achieve global change. Change on a global scale demands that food systems become more inclusive and offer value to all actors in the food chain. Rikolto is ready to meet this challenge, and fully subscribes to the global Sustainable Development Goals.
In March 2016, we developed our global Theory of Change, focused on three strategic priorities:
- We empower farmers’ groups to become solid business partners and implement climate-friendly practices.
- We connect farmers with innovators in the food industry to explore new ways of doing business and effecting change.
- We develop new mechanisms to encourage trust and transparency throughout the food chain, enabling consumers to make future-proof choices.