We need to feed more people.
With a projected 8.6 billion people by 2030 and a global middle class expected to grow to nearly 5 billion within two decades, the demand for agricultural products is estimated to increase by 110% by 2050.
We need healthier food.
For the first time ever, we’re experiencing the triple burden of malnutrition – undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, and over-nutrition – considered the number one risk to health worldwide.
We need to produce food more responsibly.
Our food system is both a victim of and a contributor to climate change. Extreme weather events, pests, diseases, and rising temperatures are decreasing productivity, while agricultural emissions, intensive water use, and nutrient deficient soils are part of the cause.
We need to take care of food workers.
The people who grow the food we eat– the farm workers, fishers, and producers– are valued the least. Human rights abuses, poor working conditions, and child exploitation is rampant throughout the supply chain in both developed and developing economies.
Meet the LAUNCH Food partners:
I feel really well supported. I’ve been battling away on this project for three years, and now I’m in a process where a lot of it is curated with me. For me, personally, once I was in the LAUNCH community, I felt that this was real.
Major pluses are connections we’ve received through the LAUNCH program. The new thinking we’ve been able to inject into our business. Meeting people on a global scale that we wouldn’t be able to get access to.
The people in the development world and in the private sector don’t always know how to have conversations with one another because in many ways we speak different languages. But what we’ve found through LAUNCH and what we knew to be true before is if we can all get on same page and start to speak same language of understanding a problem, then we can work together to solve that problem.