The past decade has seen a rising drumbeat of reports on the future of the world’s food supply. Many of these
have emphasized the challenge of providing for a growing, increasingly wealthy population, or potential
obstacles such as climate change. Food 2040 is a different kind of study. It’s more than facts and data—
though it’s built on careful research. It’s more than quantitative forecasts—though it includes solid forecasts.
It’s more than a picture of the future—though it paints plausible future outcomes. Focusing on the driving
forces reshaping food and agriculture in East Asia, Food 2040 recognizes potential problems but seeks to
discover how ingenuity, technology, and resilience could create positive outcomes for the region, its
inhabitants, and the organizations that operate there. At its heart, this report is an optimistic, forwardlooking exploration of future opportunities for the agriculture and food sectors in East Asia through