the opportunities

Our food systems research indicates there are umpteen opportunities to make a difference globally. The following is a listing of some of the opportunities. Our team regularly revisits the opportunities in order to adjust the future we seek for everyone in the world.

• There is an imbalance among the food produced, consumed, and wasted. 
• Around the world, some neighborhoods are food deserts and food oasis aligned with economic/income disparities.
• There are too many agro-food production steps with powerful middle players, a globalized monoculture supply chain, and a lack of access to markets for the localized supply chain.
• There is food wasted globally that accounts for the third-highest GHG emissions on the planet while people go hungry or are mal-/under- nourished.
• There is the contradiction of obesity, hunger, and mal-/under- nourishment among people worldwide due to lack of food equity.
• Food pricing is directly not related to its value in building the overall well-being of humans.
• Food with empty calories and large land ratio for production.

• Arbitrage based on multi-market price differential enables profit-taking sometimes at the expense of small-hold farmers.
• Power brokers and market price fixing due to consolidation among supply-side middlemen
• Costly logistics and long value chain.
• In Sub-Saharan Africa, market volatility is the norm. 64% is the difference between the high price point and the low price point in a season. In comparison, the US and EU have a 24% difference. This equates to an $800B to $1.2T market. Moving from 64% to 44% can take up to 1B people out of poverty.
• In Sub-Saharan Africa, 40% post-harvest loss is the norm.

• A significant imbalance triggers trade-off decisions among ecological, biological, and food systems that are untenable for a sustainable and healthy planet and people.