Food and nutrition security are linked to quality and diversity of agricultural production, productivity, market access and functional value chains. Reaching global food security under a changing climate requires intensification of agriculture, sustainable in all dimensions. Important aspects are inclusive livelihoods, resource use efficiency, judicious use of agricultural inputs and animal welfare. Rapid development of biotechnology, use of big data and artificial intelligence provide both opportunities and challenges in this context.
Globally, changing consumption patterns, including shifting diets and new protein sources, are key drivers in food systems. Well-functioning policies and governance are central to the systems, from sustainable management of natural resources, including aquatic resources, to enabling improved livelihoods and reduction of post-harvest losses and food waste.
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SLU is the academic partner in a WorldFish project that aims to increase the income and improve food security of smallholder aquatic food producers, and reduce waste and pollution in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia.
According to FAO, between 20 and 40 percent of crop production are lost before harvest due to pests. Jointly with partners, SLU has developed a resource package for healthy harvests in a changing climate.