The future of food and agriculture (FOFA) is an FAO series that portrays long-term analyses of food and agricultural systems within the social and economy-wide context. The series portrays recent global trends and alternative future scenarios to analyse possible pathways of food and agricultural systems.
The issue "Drivers and triggers for transformation" aims to inspire strategic thinking and actions to transform agrifood systems towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive future. It analyzes major drivers of agrifood systems and explores how their trends could determine alternative futures of agrifood, socioeconomic and environmental systems. The fundamental message of this report is that it is still possible to push agrifood systems along a pattern of sustainability and resilience, if key “triggers” of transformation are properly activated. However, strategic policy options to activate them will have to “outsmart” vested interests, hidden agendas and conflicting objectives, and trade off short-term unsustainable achievements for longer-term sustainability, resilience and inclusivity.