Overview

Exploring Food System Uncertainties
By 2030, the word’s population will grow from 7 to 8.3 billion. Providing secure, safe, and nutritious food for everyone while sustaining a healthy planet will be a vital and daunting challenge. The future of the global food system is dynamic and uncertain, driven by multiple social, technological, environmental, economic and political (STEEP) forces:

Social: The impacts of demographics (e.g., population size, aging, organization), evolving cultures and preferences, and human behavior affect the global food system?
Technological: The role of emerging technologies and innovations in food production—from data-driven farming to aquaculture to artificial meat
Environmental: The implications and interplay of climate change, declining biodiversity, and human adaptations to environmental change
Economic and Political: The impacts of market forces and political choices on trade, food sources and pricing and, supply chain and risk management, resource use and regulation

Takeaways

Discover how the global food system may be affected by uncertainties arising from the evolution of climate change, population growth, consumption patterns and agricultural practices, markets, and policies.

Synthesize research and expert opinions on the future of food by going through a step-by-step scenario planning process, guided by experienced facilitators.

Apply scenario planning tools and techniques to the future of food. Understand how to use scenarios to address a wider range of strategic issues and decisions that will play out well into the future.

Create Scenarios

Start online...

Watch, read and listen to our multimedia content at your own pace: video interviews, infographics, podcasts and articles. Encounter a wide range of disciplines including engineering, psychology, computer science, business, education, law, medicine and more.

Sample Media From The Future of Food

Growing Resilience Worldview interviews:

David Lobell

An Overview of Food Worldview illustrates:

Our Food System

Farming Risk Worldview interviews:

Wally Falcon

...then come to Stanford.

Come to campus for 4 days of scenario planning training. Apply scenario planning tools and techniques to the future of food. Understand how to use scenarios to address wider range of strategic issues and decisions that will play out well into the future.

Experts You’ll Meet

Buzz Thompson,

JD, Professor of Law and co-director of the Woods Institute for the Environment
Expert on legal and policy issues related to water and other natural resources

David Lobell,

PhD, Professor of Earth Sciences and Deputy Director of the Center for Food Security and the Environment
Agricultural economist specializing in adaptation to climate change

Rosamond Naylor,

PhD, Professor of Earth Sciences, Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, and UN science advisor
Economist focused on the politics, economics, and technology of global food security

This course really helped solidify the scenario process for me and helped me to open my mind to all of the possible futures of food.

Maribeth Bacig, Cargill, Inc.