Current systems are outstripping the resources of the planet while current diets are resulting in global health crises of both over- and under-nutrition. Our future depends on an urgent reset, to create systems that support healthy people and a healthy planet. WBCSD’s Food & Nature Program leads business efforts towards accelerating the much-needed food system transformation. We do this by bringing strong policy signals, leadership frameworks and projects across the value chain – from production to consumption – which deliver impact at scale where the urgent agendas of climate, nature and food systems intersect.
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.
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.
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.