How serious are we about addressing the challenge of food security in the face of climate change? This is one of the topics to be discussed at Food for the Future
, one of the events at the IMF-World Bank Group Annual Meetings
If we are dead serious about this challenge, then we really need to pay greater attention to the role of transportation and logistics, both crucial in increasing food security,
so we can feed 9 billion people by 2050, and mitigating impact on climate change
. Just consider these facts:
Up to 50% of harvest is wasted between farm and fork, the moment we actually consume food.
Transport-related emissions account for about 15% of overall greenhouse gas emissions. And 60% of those emissions are coming from road transport.
And logistics costs affect small farmers disproportionally (up to 23% of their total costs).
Thus logistics – the services, knowledge, and infrastructure that allow for the free movement of goods and people – is now recognized as a key element in achieving sustainable food security, and thus a driver of competitiveness and economic development. The development of agro-logistics, for example, has helped address the food security challenge more holistically: from “farm to fork” and all stages in between.