How will we feed 3 billion new people within the next 40 years?
An article in the recent edition of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Review provides a new platform for considering this question. Authors Aidan Connolly, vice president of corporate accounts at Alltech, and Kate Phillips-Connolly, Centre for Global Business Systems, Trinity College, Dublin, have organized seven key obstacles under the acronym GLIMPSE™. They provide a thorough examination of each obstacle and the associated opportunities.
GLIMPSE™ stands for:
In addition to categorizing and defining our obstacles, the authors explore the roles of governments, non-governmental organizations and agribusiness in providing solutions. Agribusiness has long been blamed for shortcomings in the agriculture and food industries, but Connolly and Phillips-Connolly make a compelling argument that private sector market-driven innovation will be essential to meeting this challenge.
Which of these seven obstacles seem most challenging to you and what should we do to overcome them?