Rising urban population in Asia will place pressures on the food system. 555 million people are expected to move to cities in Asia by 2030. Providing this population with safe, nutritious, and a ordable food will become an increasing challenge, not only due to the scale of demand but also due to supply-side issues.
Global food demand is expected to increase anywhere between 59 percent to 98 percent by 2050.
Urbanisation could lead to the loss of an estimated 2 million hectares per year, with about three-quarters of that being agricultural land. While there has been significant research on understanding how to enhance the productivity of smallholder and large-scale farms, there has been more limited research into how cities themselves could help address the looming food challenge.
A new approach is needed to provide safe, nutritious, and affordable food. This research identifies these broad shifts required in cities, and the significant new business opportunities they will create.