Agrimonde. Scénarios and challenges for feeding the world in 2050

Paillard Sandrine, Treyer Sébastien, Dorin Bruno. 2014. Agrimonde. Scénarios and challenges for feeding the world in 2050. Dordrecht : Springer [Pays-Bas], 271 p. ISBN 978-94-017-8744-4

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Abstract : Présentation de l'éditeur : How will the world be able to feed close to 9 billion people in 2050 and still maintain the ecosystems? The 21st century has three challenges to meet concerning food and agriculture: food security in terms of both quantity and quality; protection of the environment and natural resources; and the increasing scarcity of fossil energies. In this perspective, INRA and CIRAD launched the initiative, in 2006, to develop a foresight project for analysing issues pertaining to the world's food and agricultural systems on the 2050 timeline. The main objective was to anticipate the key issues with which tomorrow¿s agricultural research will have to grapple. This book provides a synthetic presentation and illustrations of the main conclusions that this foresight project has yielded. First, it recapitulates the main statistical references for the period 1961 to 2003, before going on to describe the Agribiom simulation tool used to calculate food biomass resource-use balances. Two scenarios on the 2050 timeline are then considered: Agrimonde GO is a trend-based scenario that bets on economic growth to feed the world, in a context where environmental protection is not a priority. In contrast, the idea in Agrimonde 1 is to feed the world while preserving its ecosystems. This scenario explores assumptions that depart from current trends, and foresees a world in 2050 that has been able to implement sustainable agricultural and food systems. The aim is to afford a better understanding of the meaning of such development, with the dilemmas and the main challenges that it entails. This rigorous synthetic book will be of interest to decision-makers, professionals in the agricultural, environmental and food sectors, and anyone involved in research. Contents: 1. Agrimonde: a platform for facilitating collective scenario-building (Sébastien Treyer, Sandrine Paillard, Bruno Dorin). 2. Agribiom: a tool for scenario-building and hybrid modelling (Bruno Dorin, Tristan Le Cotty). 3. The world food economy: a retrospective overview (Bruno Dorin). 4. Scenario-building choices and principles (Sandrine Paillard, Tévécia Ronzon, Sébastien Treyer). 5. Food consumption in 2050 (Jean-Marc Chaumet, Gérard Ghersi, Jean-Louis Rastoin). 6. Land use in 2050 (Tévécia Ronzon). 7. Food crop yields in 2050 (Tévécia Ronzon). 8. Resource-use balances in the Agrimonde scenarios (Tristan Le Cotty, Jean-Marc Chaumet). 9. Agrimonde 1 and Agrimonde GO: comparison, coherence, drivers of change (Tévécia Ronzon, Jean-Marc Chaumet, Sandrine Paillard). 10. Qualitative dimensions and Agrimonde scenario storylines (Sandrine Paillard, Sébastien Treyer). 11. Scenario-based insight into food behaviours, technological options and trade (Jean-Marc Chaumet, Francis Delpeuch, Gérard Ghersi, Jean-Louis Rastoin, Bernard Hubert, Tévécia Ronzon, Michel Petit). 12. Conclusion (Bernard Hubert, Patrick Caron, Hervé Guyomard). Appendix. References

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Développement durable, Gestion des ressources, Alimentation, Agriculture, technique de prévision, Politique alimentaire, Donnée de production, sécurité alimentaire, prospection

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Monde

Classification Agris : E10 - Agricultural economics and policies
A01 - Agriculture - General aspects
E14 - Development economics and policies
S01 - Human nutrition - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 3 (2014-2018) - Alimentation durable

Editeurs scientifiques et affiliations

  • Paillard Sandrine, INRA (FRA)
  • Treyer Sébastien, AgroParisTech (FRA)
  • Dorin Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UMR CIRED (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-8738-8057

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