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AGree Vision for 2030 | A Foundation for Change: Strategies for Meeting the Challenges Facing the Food and Agriculture System

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

On May 2, at a panel discussion, AGree, an initiative designed to inform and address food and agriculture policy issues through the direct engagement of diverse groups, unveiled its vision for the global food and agriculture system in 2030 and strategies to advance that vision.

AGree is committed to developing a broad framework for action around four interrelated challenges that face the food and agriculture system. These include: meeting future demand for food; conserving and enhancing water, soil, and habitat; improving nutrition and public health; and strengthening farms, workers, and communities.

In 2012 and 2013, AGree will focus on five strategic priorities for achieving its long-term vision:

  • Redirect and modernize research, education, and extension institutions in the United States and developing countries; 
  • Ensure vulnerable populations’ access to nutritious food; 
  • Align agricultural and food production in the United States with improved environmental outcomes; 
  • Create a stable, legal food and agriculture workforce in the United States; and 
  • Attract young people to food and agriculture.

Since its launch last year, AGree has assembled a group of stakeholders that represents diverse viewpoints and, importantly, is committed to searching for innovative, transformative solutions to today’s most pressing global issues facing food and agriculture. AGree’s advisory committee includes members with varied viewpoints, backgrounds and experiences, including farmers, executives, policymakers, and academics, among others.

While AGree has identified its initial priorities, the group will continue to look for connections among and opportunities to make progress on all of its key strategies, which include:

  • Increase agricultural productivity 
  • Align U.S. diet with Dietary Guidelines 
  • Encourage diversity and coexistence of farming systems 
  • Attract young people to food and agriculture
  • Create a stable, legal workforce 
  • Advance landscape-scale management 
  • Provide access to risk management tools 
  • Reduce post-harvest waste 
  • Strengthen regional food systems 
  • Ensure access to nutritious food 
  • Align production & environmental outcomes 
  • Enable adaptation to change 
  • Understand and reduce adverse health impacts 
  • Redirect research, education, and extension priorities and strengthen institutions.

To learn more about AGree and its work visit http://www.foodandagpolicy.org/about-us