Appetite for Change Part IV: The quest for food security

Appetite for Change Part III: Agricultural technology (agtech) and the future of farming

Welcome to the fourth instalment of Appetite for Change.

Recent events such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have propelled food security back toward the top of international agendas.

Yet the reality is that the issue has always been hugely significant, with previous attempts to address the problem failing to deliver a truly lasting solution. Today food security is just one of many interconnected crises that highlight the urgent need to disrupt a global food system that is no longer fit for purpose.

The growing crisis of food insecurity

Source: World Food Programme: 2023 Global Food Crises Report, 2023

Despite the scale of the challenge amid a “perfect storm”, there is growing reason to believe the quest to feed all of humanity can at last be achieved. The pace of technological advances – as evidenced, for example, by the rise and spread of agtech – offers the promise of continued innovation in this sphere.

As shown by the success of many leading countries in the Global Food Security Index, the power of public-private partnerships is also likely to be crucial.

Investors have a major role to play in both financing the necessary transition and ensuring it takes account of the bigger picture – that is, the planet as a whole.

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    This is marketing material and not financial advice. It is not intended as a recommendation to buy or sell any particular asset class, security or strategy. Regulatory requirements that require impartiality of investment/investment strategy recommendations are therefore not applicable nor are any prohibitions to trade before publication.

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