Food & Nature

Will the world be able to provide healthy, nutritious food and supply goods from agricultural production to a population over nine billion by 2050, while sustaining and regenerating ecosystems and natural resources? Projects in our Food, Land & Water Program develop solutions to address key challenges of food & land use systems: food and nutrition security, smallholder livelihoods, natural resource efficiency, including water management, climate change impact and adaptation - using comprehensive approaches and new technologies.

Program areas


We envisage a world in which business adds value through water. To achieve this, we must accelerate business actions on water, so that businesses thrive as they adapt and evolve to manage water-related risks and seize new water-related business opportunities. Ultimately, this will drive positive social and environmental change at a basin level, because business collaborates with multiple stakeholders who are all committed to pursuing a common agenda.

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Food and Land Use

There is an urgent need to transform our food and land-use stewardship agenda at a global scale. Sustainable, healthy diets must be ensured for a growing global population while the agricultural sector's resilience to the effects of climate change must be increased while mitigating the significant GHG emissions from the sector. Arable land is under pressure to increase production while increasing the well-being of smallholder producers - all this without further land degradation and conversion. 

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Impact on SDGs

Agricultural and food production, distribution and consumption as well as land use are key to achieving the entire set of SDGs. A focus on rural development and investment in agriculture - crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture – are powerful tools to end poverty and hunger while bringing about sustainable development for a healthy population. Agriculture and sustainable water management also have a major role in combating climate change and in regenerating and preserving ecosystems.

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