Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015, provided targets and solutions towards which governments and businesses can work together. Policymakers also regard the December 2015 COP21 climate change agreement as a sweeping success.
Whether or not all these commitments work in practice is an issue likely to be closely scrutinized by concerned citizens, and not least by farmers. In our first snapshot in 2016 we are taking a close look which trends industry should be aware of.
Mariana Varbanova is Consultant at FTI Consulting in Brussels