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1.3 food systems innovation presentation v2


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Food systems innovation: the real food crisis?

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1.3 food systems innovation presentation v2

  1. 1. Food systems innovation: the real food crisis? Michaela Cosijn• Food Systems Innovation 18 August 2015
  2. 2. Food systems are experiencing change • Food production systems need to adapt to climate change and environmental constraints • Globalization of food systems driven by regional and international trade patterns. • Changing dietary patterns and demands associated with rising incomes (in emerging economies,) urbanization, lifestyles and demographic changes leading to double burden and changes in demands for food quality • Vertical integration of food value chains, often with power dynamics skewed in favour of large corporates • The increasing multi-functionality of agriculture and food systems
  3. 3. Multi-functional agriculture and food systems • Demands arising from global population growth outstripping increases in agricultural productivity • Demands for ethical (human and animal) standards in food production. • Demands for inclusive (shared value) business models in food value chains. • Demands for environmentally sustainable food systems. • Competition between food and energy uses of agricultural production • Food related health concerns (over and under nutrition, food safety) • Demands for the reduction of food waste and losses
  4. 4. Food crisis or innovation crisis? • Historically national and global food systems have innovated and changed in response to the changing needs of society. • Current demands for food systems changes often articulated as a food crisis: “a broken food system” • In reality it is an innovation crisis: can we innovate quickly enough to reduce the social and economic pain of transition from the food systems that served us well in the 20th century to the food systems needed for the 21st century and beyond?
  5. 5. What is food systems innovation? • Food systems innovation encompasses both technological change dimensions and institutional and policy change dimensions. • Technological changes include: • improved production technology to deal with climate change and environmental constraints; • new post-harvest and process technology; and • sustainable pest management approaches. • Institutional and policy changes include: • new modes of business and trade practice; • mechanisms to better articulate consumer and farmer needs; • new patterns of partnership between public and private sectors and between agriculture, food, health and environmental stakeholders; and • policy coherence, regulation standards and norms • The rate limiting factors in innovation are rarely at the technological frontier, but usually in the institutional and policy environment that enables the use of new technologies and other information and ideas.
  7. 7. What triggers food systems innovation? • Historically public policy instruments have included: regulation, research and education, but often with little coherence between different policy domains • The market in the developed world has been a key driver in adapting food systems to changing consumer demands and concerns + Plus strong civil society (food movements etc), + Long term perspectives and investment by the public sector in education, health and in appropriate sets of regulations and incentives • All routes are necessary, but none are sufficient.
  8. 8. How could food systems innovation be accelerated? • Obviously research , but there are other preconditions needed to make this effective. • Research will only be useful if it is embedded in and framed by a constructive dialogue between public and private sectors and civil society. • This is needed to: • set short and long term priorities, • identify critical partnerships, • co-develop appropriate institutional and policy regimes, • identify practical operational schemes and intervention that can be implemented collectively.
  9. 9. • This meeting is part of the way forward: It’s about starting to build a constructive dialogue across the food, value chains and health domains. • However there is much work and capacity building needed to create the necessary conditions to develop a stakeholder platform that can agree on priorities and start to actively address them. • This is challenging enough in the domestic context of Australia. • However more challenging is that Australia’s food system is intimately connected to regional and global food systems. • Understanding how Australian domestic food systems stakeholders can effectively engage in dialogue and innovation with their regional counterparts is thus critical in charting a path forward. • We are no longer in an era where stakeholders or countries can go it alone. Challenges and where to go from here?
  10. 10. Black Mountain, Action ACT 2601 Australia • ADD BUSINESS UNIT/FLAGSHIP NAME Thank you