Highlights

Agri-food innovation investments must be refocused to include environmental and social aims

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Closing a USD 15.2 billion investment gap in agri-food innovation could help meet SDGs and climate targets

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Protecting and restoring nature requires better-designed support to farmer-stewards

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Eight global Principles to guide sustainable agri-food research and innovation

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Find out about further CoSAI evidence – on innovation pathways and instruments, urban agriculture, and more

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Our challenge

How can the Global South strengthen agricultural systems and accelerate agricultural production to deliver broad access to affordable, safe and nutritious foods, while at the same time protecting and improving natural ecosystems, and reducing poverty and inequality?

Current technology, policies, institutions and financial instruments are not up to the job. Innovation will be critical to meet these challenges. But is the world investing in the right areas and approaches to innovation to make the massive changes that are needed?

The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) brought together eminent Global South scientists, policymakers, farming experts and others to tackle challenging questions, collect evidence, and recommend priority areas and approaches to solve global agri-food systems challenges.

We are at a make-or-break moment for this planet. We need to produce more nutritious and healthy food, while at the same time reversing the environmental degradation, malnutrition and poverty that have resulted from business as usual. We need to invest more and make better investment decisions in innovation to promote sustainable agriculture.

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